Report: Number of obese Americans rose 70 percent

October 18, 2012 1:53:22 PM PDT
The number of Americans who are severely obese shot up by 70 percent in the past decade or so according to a new report.

Between 2000 and 2010, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese, at least 100 pounds overweight, rose from 4 percent to almost 7 percent.

Although the increase has slowed a bit, researchers say the trouble is the severely obese remain the fastest-growing segment of obese Americans.

The new findings come from the non-profit research institute rand corporation.

Other studies have found the nation's obesity rate may be leveling off.

But most of those people are moderately obese.