Obesity in America

Associated Press
In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 file photo, a 15-year-old girl has her sensor checked before starting a series of physical activities at a University of Southern California lab in Alhambra, Calif. A cell phone for gathering the data is attached to a belt on her hip. America's obesity epidemic is proving to be as stubborn as those maddening love handles, and shows no sign of reversing course. More than one-third of adults and almost 17 percent of children were obese in 2009-10, echoing results since 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday, Jan, 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

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About 32 million more Americans will become obese by 2030, upping obesity rates to 42 percent of the U.S. population, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also predicts that the proportion of Americans who are severely obese, will reach 11 percent, double the current rate. The estimated medical costs of caring for the obese average about $147 billion a year.

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