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MMWR Suppl. 2013 Nov 22;62(3):120-8.

Obesity - United States, 1999-2010.


Obesity is a major public health problem affecting adults and children in the United States. Since 1960, the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States has nearly tripled, from 13% in 1960-1962 to 36% during 2009-2010. Since 1970, the prevalence of obesity has more than tripled among children, from 5% in 1971-1974 to 17% in 2009-2010. Although the prevalence of obesity is high among all U.S. population groups, substantial disparities exist among racial/ethnic minorities and vary on the basis of age, sex, and socioeconomic status.

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