About 36% of adults and 17% of children were obese in 2009-2010, the same as in 2007-2008, according to a report released Jan. 17 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents more than 78 million adults and 12.5 million children.
Obesity rates have increased for men and boys over the past decade, but not for women and girls. Obesity rates for men and women are now the same, while boys are more likely to be obese than girls.
Obesity is higher among adolescents than preschool-age children. Women aged 60 and older are more likely to be obese than younger women. The data are from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
In related news, HBO announced Jan. 13 it will partner with the CDC, Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Kaiser Permanente and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation on “The Weight of the Nation,” an HBO series and public health campaign debuting in May. The initiative will include a nationwide community outreach campaign and IOM report recommending strategies and actions to accelerate progress in curbing obesity.