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HHS HealthBeat (November 7, 2012)

Larger numbers of the very large

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Obesity and Me

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers report a striking increase in the proportion of Americans who are grossly obese. At the RAND Corporation, Roland Sturm reviewed national survey data from 2000 to 2010, and noted a longer-term trend:

“Just in the last decade, the proportion of Americans who are severely obese has increased by 70 percent. Severe obesity has been increasing at a rather dramatic rate for 20 or 30 years.”

Sturm says that the overall trend toward overweight or obesity has been stabilizing recently. He says it’s the proportion of the severely, or morbidly, obese that has been rising more sharply.

The study in the International Journal of Obesity was supported by the National Institutes of Health and HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: November 7, 2012