Obesity Rates Will Reach 42 Percent

Americans will keep growing fatter until 42 percent of the nation is obese, according to researchers. The finding comes from the same group, that reported in 2007 that if someone's friend becomes obese, that person's chances of becoming obese increase by more than half.

These researchers now think this same phenomenon is driving the obesity epidemic, which they say will climb slowly but steadily for the next 40 years.

According to Reuters:

“For the study, [the researchers] applied a mathematical model to four decades of data ... [B]ased on their calculations and looking at the influence of social interactions on obesity ... they think the U.S. obesity rates will top out at 42 percent of the population.”

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