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Prevalence of Obesity Remains High in the United States

No significant changes in prevalence of obesity in youth or adults between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of obesity among youth or adults in the United States did not change significantly between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012, according to research published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cynthia L. Ogden, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to identify trends in childhood and adult obesity.

The researchers found that, for 2011 to 2012, 8.1 percent of infants and toddlers had high weight for recumbent length; 16.9 percent of those aged 2 to 19 years and 34.9 percent of those aged 20 years or older were obese. High weight for recumbent length in infants and toddlers, and obesity in youth or adults, did not change significantly from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012. Significant changes included a decrease in obesity from 13.9 to 8.4 percent among children aged 2 to 5 years, and an increase in obesity from 31.5 to 38.1 percent among women 60 years of age or older.

"Obesity prevalence remains high and thus it is important to continue surveillance," the authors write.

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