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Americans' Eating Habits Take a Healthier Turn, Study Finds

January 17, 2014
by MELINDA BECK and AMY SCHATZ
Wall Street Journal

More than one-third—36%—of U.S. adults were obese in 2009-10, up from an estimated 15% in 1980, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the rate remained level in 2012 compared with the prior year in every state except Arkansas, according to an August 2013 study by two nonprofit groups. And the CDC found the same month that certain childhood obesity rates were declining in many states.

Some food experts said that the improvement in diets might be more attributable to cash-strapped Americans eating at home more often during the recession than to better food choices.

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