More Than Half of Adult Diabetics in US Are Obese
The CDC found that between 1999 and 2002, 54.8% of diabetics over the age of 19 were obese. An increasing number of American adults diagnosed with diabetes are obese, making it more likely they will develop cardiovascular disease, retinopathy and other health problems, U.S. officials said last week
A study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 1999 and 2002, 54.8% of diabetics over the age of 19 were obese. That compared with 45.7% in the same age group between 1988 and 1994.
The CDC study found that black diabetics had the highest rate of obesity — 63% — between 1999 and 2002.
When the category was expanded to include diabetics who were obese or overweight, the percentage surged to 85.2% in 1999-2002 compared with 78.5% in the earlier period.
Obesity has become twice as common in the nation since 1980 and about 69 million people are obese or severely obese, according to the American Obesity Association.
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