Report: U.S. Obesity Rate Hits Plateau

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The rate of obesity in the U.S. seems to be leveling off, according to a major government study published on Wednesday.

It seems the percentage of obese Americans has held steady for the past five years. But researchers said that is still not a reason to celebrate.

"We shouldn't be complacent. We still have a problem," said Cynthia Ogden, author of the study.

"We're at the corner; we haven't turned the corner," said Dr. William Dietz, an obesity expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest numbers show more than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are still overweight. Even 10 percent of babies and toddlers are heavy. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports too much food, too little exercise are still the main causes.

In most age groups, black adults had the highest obesity rates, followed by Mexican Americans, and whites.

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