Survey: About 40% of US adults are obese

About 4 in 10 adults are considered obese, according to CDC. The rate is up slightly from a previous survey, suggesting more Americans are susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.


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February 27, 2020 - 9:48 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings come from a 2017-18 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part.

The survey found that the obesity rate was 42% — higher than the 40% found in a similar 2015-16 study. The severe obesity rate was more than 9% in the new survey, up from the 8% figure in the previous one.

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