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Obesity rate inches up for males, but levels off overall
USA Today

Obesity in the USA has inched up slightly over the past decade, mainly because of weight gain among men and boys, new government statistics show. The percentage of obese men increased to 35.5% in 2010, up from 27.5% in 2000. About 35.8% of women were obese in 2010, not a significant change from 2000. Adults are considered obese if they are roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. About 16.9% of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, were obese in 2010, up 13.9% from 2000. This was mostly because of an increase in the percentage of boys who are obese.

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