US obesity rate higher in African-Americans

Recent figures show obesity is more prevalent among African-Americans and Hispanics, indicating racial and ethnic disparities in US obesity rates.

The overall obesity rate in the US is reported to be about 25.6%. The condition is also reported to be more prevalent in women in all three racial and ethnic groups.

According to the report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, non-Hispanic blacks (35.7%) followed by Hispanics (28.7%) and non-Hispanic whites (23.7%) had the highest prevalence of obesity in the US during the years 2006 and 2008.

The report also revealed that none of the US states have reached the federal government's Healthy People 2010 goal, which aims to reduce the obesity rate among adults to amounts as low as 15%.

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