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2013

Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults: United States, 2011-2012
Among women, the prevalence of obesity did not differ between those aged 40-59 and 60 and over (39.5% compared with 38.1%). The prevalence of obesity among younger women was lower than among either middle-aged or older women.

2012

Prevalence of Obesity Among Older Adults in the United States, 2007–2010 (9/30/2012)
The prevalence of obesity in women aged 65–74 was higher than in women aged 75 and over in all racial and ethnic groups except non-Hispanic black women, where approximately one in two were obese among both age groups.

Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: United States, Trends 1960–1962 Through 2009–2010 (9/30/2012)
Among women in 2009–2010, non-Hispanic black women (58.5%) were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (32.2%) and Mexican-American women (44.9%). Mexican-American women were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women.

Prevalence of Obesity: United States, 2009-2010 (1/31/2012)
More than one third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009-2010. More than 35% of U.S. men and women were obese in 2009-2010.

Figure 4: Trends in the prevalence of obesity among adults aged 20 and over, by sex: United States, 1999-2010 (1/31/2012)

2011

Arthritis as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity Among Adults with Obesity - United States, 2007 and 2009 (5/10/2011)
Arthritis and obesity are common chronic conditions affecting an estimated 50 million and 72 million U.S. adults, respectively. The findings in this report indicate that these conditions co-occur commonly (one in three adults with obesity also has arthritis) and might hinder the management of both conditions by limiting physical activity. Women were significantly more likely to have both arthritis and obesity or arthritis only.

Adult Obesity Prevalence in Canada and the United States (3/30/2011)
Data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2007-2009; the Canadian Heart Health Surveys, 1986-1992; and the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-1994 and 2007-2008. Obesity is a public health challenge throughout the world. Ongoing monitoring of trends in obesity is important to assess interventions aimed at preventing or reducing the burden of obesity.

Obesity and Socioeconomic Status in Adults: United States, 2005-2008
In 2007-2008 more than one-third of United States adults were obese. Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low income women, but most obese women are not low income. Among women, however, there is a trend, those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.

2010

U.S. Obesity Trends by State, 1985-2009 (9/30/10)
During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.

Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: United States, Trends 1976-1980 Through 2007-2008 (7/30/10)
Results from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 34.2% of U.S. adults aged 20 years and over are overweight, 33.8% are obese, and 5.7% are extremely obese.

Vital Signs: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults - United States, 2009
Obesity is a costly condition that can reduce quality of life and increases the risk for many serious chronic diseases and premature death. In 2009, no state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15%, and the self-reported overall prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults had increased 1.1 percentage points from 2007.

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