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Depression and Obesity in the U.S. Adult Household Population, 2005–2010
Forty-three percent of adults with depression were obese, and adults with depression were more likely to be obese than adults without depression. In every age group, women with depression were more likely to be obese than women without depression.

CDC’S 2013 State Obesity Map Detailing the Prevalence of Adults with Obesity
CDC released its 2013 state-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. This new data shows that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States in 2013 remained high with estimates across states ranging from 21.3% in Colorado to 35.1% in both Mississippi and West Virginia.


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.


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)


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.

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