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Obesity rates have stabilized, but our waistlines are still growing
Obesity rates have stabilized, but our waistlines are still growing

Americans may have stopped putting on pounds, but their waistlines are still expanding, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average waist circumference of U.S. adults has increased by about 3% since the end of the last century. In 1999 and 2000, the waists of Americans who were at least 20 years old measured 37.6 inches (or 95.5 centimeters) around. By 2011 and 2012, that figure had grown to about 38.8 inches (98.5 cm), CDC researchers report in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Those figures are age-adjusted averages, but the trend applies to pretty much all demographic groups, the report says. Men and...

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