Obesity in America

Associated Press
This image made Thursday, April 21, 2011 shows a page from the website www.stopchildhoodobesity.com. The advertisement, part of a "Stop Child Obesity" campaign in Georgia, won some enthusiastic praise for their attention-grabbing tactics. But they also have outraged parents, activists and academics who feel the result is more stigma for an already beleaguered group of children. (AP Photo)

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About 32 million more Americans will become obese by 2030, upping obesity rates to 42 percent of the U.S. population, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report also predicts that the proportion of Americans who are severely obese, will reach 11 percent, double the current rate. The estimated medical costs of caring for the obese average about $147 billion a year.

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