Bar chart showing the increasing trends in the prevalence of obesity and overweight in adults from 1976 to 2008.

FIGURE 1Prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults aged 20 years or older, 1976–2008

Among U.S. adults, the prevalence of both overweight and obesity has been steadily increasing since the mid-1970s. Today, approximately 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese.

SOURCE: Data adapted from Flegal et al., 1998, 2010; Ogden et al., 2006.

From: Workshop Summary

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Leveraging Food Technology for Obesity Prevention and Reduction Efforts: Workshop Summary.
Institute of Medicine (US) Food Forum.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2011.
Copyright © 2011, National Academy of Sciences.

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