Oct 18, 2013 12:09 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

U.S. obesity rate holding steady

The National Center for Health Statistics says the U.S. obesity rate is holding steady at a third of the population.

Nearly 35% of American Adults are considered obese according to the Body Mass Index measurement.

Experts say obesity rates might actually be leveling off because the rate hasn't changed for nearly a decade.

According to statistics, middle-aged adults are more likely to be obese than the young and elderly. African Americans have the highest obesity rate, followed by Hispanics and Caucasians.

Just 10% of Asian Americans are obese, but studies show they're more likely to store fat around their organs, which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.



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