New analysis indicates America remains obese

August 13, 2012
by Tim Carman
Washington Post


A new analysis of U.S. obesity rates shows that, as a nation, we’re still carrying a lot of extra pounds. Twelve states have obesity rates that top 30 percent, according an analysis released this morning by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The problem is not only that America remains fat, despite the best efforts of governments and activists in recent years, but also that we don’t know for certain if the country is headed in the right direction or not. That’s because the new analysis is based on just-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that uses a whole new methodology for measuring obesity rates.

The new methodology is apparently so superior that any comparisons to previous years’ data is irrelevant. Incidentally, the CDC considersanyone with a body mass index of 30 or higher to be obese.


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