Lean Times, Yes, But Not Literally

America’s obesity epidemic hasn’t abated, despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary. The best one can say is that its rate of increase has slowed.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the latest figures, covering first-quarter 2008. Among women, 27 percent of 20-39-year-olds were classified as obese, as were 29 percent of 40-59-year-olds and 27 percent of those 60 and older. The figures were similar for men, with 23 percent of the 20-39s, 31 percent of the 40-59s and 26 percent of the 60-plusers classified as obese.

Obesity continues to have an ethnic skew. Among black women, 38 percent are classified as obese, vs. 35 percent of Hispanic women and 25 percent of non-Hispanic white women. Thirty-two percent of Hispanic men are obese, as are 29 percent of black men and 25 percent of white men.