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Obesity remains a problem for the U.S.

Posted On Wed, August 4, 2010

Obesity levels in the U. S. have failed to budge downwards. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that data from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System reveals that the prevalence of obesity has edged upwards.

In 2000, all states' obesity rates were under 30 percent. However, the study shows that last year, nine states had obesity levels of at least 30 percent.

"Obesity continues to be a major public health problem," said CDC director Thomas Frieden. "We need intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity.

The costs health insurance companies and overall health care system are burdened with also continue to increase. Obese people have to shell out an average of $1,429 a year more than their normal weight counterparts, according to the report.

However, all is not lost though for those who are obese. WedMD says that people who are at least 20 percent overweight can gain major health benefits from dropping as little as 10 to 20 pounds. People who are in good health tend to have fewer medical bills and health care expenses.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19918485-ADNFCR

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