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U.S. Obesity Rate Inches Up to 27.7% in 2014

This is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it. More Americans who were previously overweight have now moved into the obese category, while the percentage who are at normal weight has remained stable since 2013. Individual BMI scores of 30 or above are classified as “obese,” 25 to 29.9 are “overweight,” 18.5 to 24.9 are “normal weight” and 18.4 or less are “underweight.” While the Gallup-Healthways data show that just more than 35% of Americans have been classified as “normal weight” from 2008 to 2014, the obesity rate has risen each year except 2011, with at least a quarter of adults having BMIs categorized as obese. — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Feb. 2011-2012