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Study: 49% of American adults projected to be obese by 2030

A new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that almost half of American adults are expected be obese by 2030, and about 25% will be severely obese.

The big picture: The report used data from a decades-long federal study, while previous estimates typically rely on national health surveys, AP reports. The study found the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults will vary across states and demographic subgroups.

Context: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the prevalence of obesity was around 39.8%, affecting nearly 93.3 million U.S. adults between 2015 and 2016.

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