The US obesity rate for adults has climbed to 37.7%, up from 32.2% 10 years ago, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
And after nearly a decade of women and men having similar rates, women now have higher rates (38.3% vs 34.3%), said lead author Cynthia L Ogden, PhD, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
In 2003–2004, 33% of women were obese compared with 31% of men, but the differences weren’t statistically significant, she told Medscape Medical News.
No difference in obesity rates between genders was seen in children and teens in the latest numbers.
“It’s very worrisome,” Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD, endocrinology specialist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said of the new report. “We thought the situation was plateauing,” he toldMedscape Medical News.
Among the few neutral trends in the data gathered from 2011–2014 are the fact that the rate for youth obesity appears to have stayed steady. No changes were seen from 2003–2004 through 2013–2014 for ages 2 to 19.
However, the data show that nearly 9% of preschoolers, 17% of kids aged 6 to 11, and 20% of teens are obese.
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