Obesity: The Big Picture

Aug 20, 2013 12:52pm
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More than a third of Americans are considered obese. Photo credit: Getty Images.

The rate of obese and overweight adults in the U.S. continues to hover at around 70 percent of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But, as reported on ABC News for the past few weeks, the epidemic is showing some signs of slowing down.

A few weeks ago, the CDC published an analysis that found 18 states and one U.S. territory experienced a slight decline in obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families.  Last week, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a report revealing obesity rates remained flat for the first time in 10 years in all states but Arkansas.

Even if obesity is not a growing problem, we are still a long way from solving it. So join us at 1 p.m. ET today as ABC News chief health and medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser moderates “Obesity: The Big Picture,” a tweet chat featuring top experts, researchers and clinicians from all across the country.

Participation is simple. Click here to find out more. During the chat, you can follow the live blog below to get useful facts, figures and links that can help you understand what it is that is making us fat, and what you can do to win the battle of the bulge. Mobile users can link to the live blog here.

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