U.S obesity rates unchanged
January 17th, 2012
02:04 PM ET

U.S obesity rates unchanged

The prevalence of obesity in the United States seems to have plateaued, according to data released Tuesday.  The numbers show 35.7% of U.S. adults and almost 17% of U.S. children and teens are obese.

"There's been no change in the prevalence of obesity in recent years in children or adults," says Cynthia L Ogden, Ph.D, an epidemiologist with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and the leading author of the report.  "But I think looking over the last decade, it's interesting to see how the prevalence of obesity in men has caught up with the prevalence of obesity in women."

Ogden and her team compiled the data from 2009-2010 using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey measured the height and weight of almost 6,000 men and women and calculated their Body Mass Index (commonly known as BMI) to determine if they were obese.

They found that from 2009-2010, 35.5% of American men and 35.8% of American women were obese, with African-American and Mexican-American men and women having higher rates of obesity than white Americans. Obesity was more common among teens than preschool aged children and among boys than girls.

Take a look at our interactive map to find the obesity rates for your area

"This is a good news story but this is not the end of the story," says Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Dean and Executive Vice President of Morehouse School of Medicine.

"We cannot feel good... until we see a decrease in the prevalence of obesity," says Dr. Montgomery Rice.

In Rice's opinion, efforts over the last several years to educate populations about the importance of daily exercise, to encourage the incorporation of  healthy foods into school cafeterias, and to combat food insecurity throughout the country is having an impact on the number of Americans who are obese.  But she cautions that more needs to be done and that doctors should focus on giving patients realistic weight loss goals when counseling patients about obesity.

"It's a difficult conversation to have with an individual, to say 'okay, you are obese.'" People kind of know what 'obese' is but not really."

For example, as an OB-GYN, Montgomery Rice counsels her patients on the dangers of belly fat and the reproductive issues that could be affected or made worse by obesity. She also encourages patients to focus on losing only 10% of their excess weight at a time.

"What I hope doesn't come out of this study is that we start to think we've made some significant improvement and we stop the efforts that have been put forth," says Rice.

soundoff (1,026 Responses)
  1. 2010 Sprinter Seat Belt Buckle Repair


    June 11, 2021 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rv entertainment system

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a great articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I hesitate a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.


    June 11, 2021 at 22:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. auto body shops raleigh

    this is very informative and intersting for those who are interested in blogging field.


    June 12, 2021 at 01:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. oc ac repair

    After going over a few of the blog articles on your web site, I honestly like your way of writing a blog. I added it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site too and let me know your opinion.


    June 12, 2021 at 06:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Windows Los Angeles


    June 12, 2021 at 06:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sprinter Van Paint Shop


    June 12, 2021 at 06:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sprinter Repair Los Angeles

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.


    June 12, 2021 at 07:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Camper Repairs


    June 12, 2021 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. jack in the box near me


    June 12, 2021 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 99 cent store near me

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday. It's always exciting to read through content from other writers and practice a little something from their websites.


    June 12, 2021 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. park near me

    Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


    June 13, 2021 at 04:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. urologist near me


    June 13, 2021 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jack in the box near me

    This site certainly has all of the information I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 13, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. pizza places near me


    June 13, 2021 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. dog park near me


    June 13, 2021 at 12:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. full time jobs near me

    I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written!


    June 13, 2021 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. t mobile near me


    June 13, 2021 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. theaters near me

    I like reading an article that will make men and women think. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!


    June 13, 2021 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. ford dealers near me

    Hello! I could have sworn Iíve been to this web site before but after looking at many of the posts I realized itís new to me. Anyhow, Iím certainly happy I came across it and Iíll be book-marking it and checking back often!


    June 13, 2021 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. barbers near me

    After going over a number of the blog posts on your web page, I truly appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I book marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site as well and let me know your opinion.


    June 14, 2021 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. dollar store near me

    Having read this I thought it was really informative. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


    June 14, 2021 at 03:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. dispensaries near me


    June 14, 2021 at 04:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. lunch near me

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo matter but typically folks don't discuss these topics. To the next! Best wishes!!


    June 14, 2021 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. mechanics near me


    June 14, 2021 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. garage sales near me


    June 14, 2021 at 12:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. pizza delivery near me

    Good blog post. I certainly love this website. Continue the good work!


    June 14, 2021 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. breweries near me

    This page really has all of the info I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 14, 2021 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. chinese near me


    June 14, 2021 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Repair Places Near Me

    Your style is so unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.


    June 14, 2021 at 23:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. RV Repair Shops Near My Location

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be exciting to read articles from other writers and use something from their web sites.


    June 15, 2021 at 01:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Your style is so unique compared to other folks I've read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this page.


    June 15, 2021 at 01:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Camper Repairs Near Me

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you've put in penning this site. I'm hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉


    June 15, 2021 at 04:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. RV Repair Shop Near My Location

    This is the perfect blog for everyone who would like to understand this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need toÖHaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic which has been written about for many years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!


    June 15, 2021 at 05:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Camper Repairs Near Me

    This is a topic that is close to my heart... Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    June 15, 2021 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RV Repair Shops Near My Location


    June 15, 2021 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Sprinter Repair Costa Mesa

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this amazing site needs far more attention. Iíll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!


    June 15, 2021 at 10:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Camper Repairs Near Me


    June 15, 2021 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Repairs Near My Location


    June 15, 2021 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. kızılay escort

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well
    as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you
    modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is
    rare to see a great blog like this one today.

    June 15, 2021 at 15:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Sprinter Repair Orange County


    June 15, 2021 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV Repair Near My Location

    May I just say what a comfort to uncover an individual who truly understands what they're discussing on the internet. You certainly know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you're not more popular because you surely possess the gift.


    June 15, 2021 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Repair Orange County California


    June 16, 2021 at 01:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Nearest RV Repair


    June 16, 2021 at 02:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Repair California

    Spot on with this write-up, I really believe this web site needs far more attention. Iíll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the advice!


    June 16, 2021 at 02:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now


    June 16, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    Howdy! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for the great information you've got right here on this post. I'll be returning to your blog for more soon.


    June 16, 2021 at 05:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Repair Near Me Now


    June 16, 2021 at 07:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV Repair Shops Near Me Now


    June 16, 2021 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV Repair

    Good article. I am going through a few of these issues as well..


    June 16, 2021 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. rentals near me

    May I simply say what a relief to find a person that truly understands what they are discussing online. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular given that you surely possess the gift.


    June 16, 2021 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.