Obese Americans Now Outnumber Overweight

Over a third of adults classed as one step up the scale from overweight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2009 4:20 AM CST
Health experts warn that rising obesity levels will raise the incidence of many serious health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Americans who are merely overweight are now outnumbered by the obese, Reuters reports. New government statistics reveal that 34% of adults are obese and almost 6% extremely so, whereas 32.7% are classed as overweight. The proportion of Americans who are overweight has stayed much the same since 1980—but obesity, classified as a body mass index over 30, has more than doubled.