February 26, 2014

43% Lower Than in 2004

1 Preschoolers’ Obesity Rate Has Fallen

The newest CDC report on American obesity finds that its long-term increase in the population may have leveled off, albeit at an unhealthy overall rate, but with notable shifts for certain demographic groups. The most positive news is that early intervention programs have helped slash the obesity rate among preschoolers aged two to five years, from 14 percent in 2003-2004 to around 8 percent in 2011-2012. On the negative side, obesity in women aged 60 and older has lurched higher during that period, from 32 percent to 38 percent. There were no significant shifts in overweight or obesity rates for older children, teens, and under-60 adults. Overall, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults remain overweight or obese, with over 6 percent qualifying as extremely obese.

More at Consumer.healthday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: US Obesity Rates Rise Again

Tags: US Obesity Rates, Older Women and Obesity, Preschooler Obesity Rates, Trends in Obesity Rates

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61% of Hospitalizations

2 Working-Age Adults Hit Hard This Flu Season

Adults aged 18-64 were the hardest hit group this flu season accounting for 61% of hospitalizations and about 60% of flu deaths compared with 18%, 30% and 47% for the three previous seasons, reports the Centers for Disease Control. "One of the reasons flu is hitting young adults hard is such a low proportion get the flu shot," said CDC Director Tom Frieden. People with underlying illness such as diabetes, lung problems and obesity were at highest risk. According to Anne Schuchat, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, only about 15% of adults hospitalized with flu didn’t have an underlying medical issue. The CDC says this year’s flu season will continue for several more weeks, especially in the Northeast and West Coast.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Drug Enhances Flu Vaccine's Effects

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Diabetes, Flu, Flu Vaccine, Influenza, Lung Disease, Obesity, Thomas Frieden, Flu Hospitalizations, Anne Schuchat, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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