According to Reuters on Aug. 16, obesity rates in the United States aren't climbing any higher, which is good news. But they remain at a very high plateau and the number of extreme cases of obesity is rising.
The report, the "F as in Fat" study from the Trust for America's Health, indicates that obesity isn't on the rise; it's holding steady at 36 percent of Americans being considered as obese. The study does note though the rate is stable, the percentage is considered "historically high."
Inside that number, the proportion of people who are considered extremely obese has reached 6.3 percent for the period between 2009 and 2010. The figure in the late 70s was 1.4 percent.
Geographically, the country remains divided, with highest obesity rates being found in the South and Midwest.
According to Reuters, health experts attribute this change to government steps in "making school lunches healthier, mandating calorie counts on menus, discouraging soda consumption, integrating physical activity into the daily life and other weight-conscious changes."