Obesity rates hold steady nationwide

By WEEK Producer

Obesity rates hold steady nationwide

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM CDT

Obesity rates are holding steady, which experts say isn't great but it's better than an increase.

The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show about two-thirds of the adult population is overweight or obese.

One out of three kids and teens is overweight or obese. Those numbers haven't changed since 2003.

However, researchers did note a 40-percent drop in obese children between the ages of two and five, which they say could be a result of healthier menus at child care facilities.

Experts say we are making progress in the battle against obesity but it needs to remain a public health priority.

The study also found a nearly 10-percent increase in obesity among women over age 60.

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