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Ranks of Obese Adults Grew in All States from 1995-2005, Says CDC

Other Obesity Findings

About 24% of men and women were obese in 2005, says the CDC.

Obesity was least common among adults aged 18-29 years (nearly 18%) and most common among those in their 50s (nearly 30%).

The CDC also broke the obesity data down among whites, blacks, and Hispanics.

About 22% of whites, nearly 34% of blacks, and about 26% of Hispanics were obese in 2005.

More work is needed to reverse America's continued trend toward obesity, says the CDC.

If you're carrying extra pounds that you want to shed, talk to your doctor for pointers on losing weight safely and keeping the pounds off.

Fudge Factor

Survey participants didn't have to step on a scale. They just reported their weight and height by telephone. No one checked that those reports were accurate.

Many people underestimate their weight, the CDC notes. That may be why the CDC's overweight and obesity statistics are higher in studies in which people are weighed.

Those studies show that two-thirds of U.S. adults 20 years old and over are overweight or obese, including 32% who are obese.

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