One in five deaths due to obesity

August 16, 2013 2:59:25 PM PDT
New research shows that obesity may be contributing to nearly one in five deaths in the U.S.

A study looked at the health data for more than 700,000 people over two decades.

Researchers found that 18 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are directly related to obesity, which is approximately one in five deaths.

The study also found that one out of every three Americans is obese.

Researchers are worried the obesity problem could erase decades worth of gains in the country's life expectancy.