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How many people are affected by/at risk for obesity & overweight?

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More than 35% of U.S. adults are obese,1 and more than 34% are overweight.2 Obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States, which is three times the prevalence from just one generation ago.3 Nearly 32% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese.4


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Overweight and obesity: Adult obesity facts. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html [top]
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). FastStats: Overweight and obesity. Retrieved September 6, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm [top]
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Overweight and obesity: Data and statistics. Retrieved August 8, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html [top]
  4. Ogden, C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B. K., & Flegal, K. M. (2012). Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among U.S. children and adolescents, 1999-2010. Journal of the American Medical Association, 307, 483–490. [top]

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012
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