Clinically Severe Obesity Rates Climb

by Ryan Halvorson on Dec 20, 2012

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Clinically severe, or morbid, obesity entails being 100 or more pounds overweight. A recent report suggests that rates of morbid obesity have been rising faster than those of moderate obesity.

According to information from a RAND Corporation study published in the International Journal of Obesity (2012; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.159), cases of clinically severe obesity increased 70% between 2000 and 2010. “Although the BMI rates at every point in time are higher among Hispanics and Blacks, there were no significant differences in trends between them and non-Hispanic Whites,” the authors reported [italics added].

Fortunately, the rate of increase slowed during the second half of that period, with the more rapid rise taking place between 2000 and 2005.

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is the associate editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; a Performance Specialist at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www.Fat2Fitin30.com, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has authored hundreds of articles on the subjects of health and fitness.