Eighty-three percent of men, 72% of women will be overweight or obese in the U.S. by 2020, new research states

LOS ANGELES , November 18, 2011 () – New research shows that 83% of men and 72% of women will be overweight or obese in the U.S. by 2020, NPR.org reported Nov. 17.

The research comes from Mark Huffman, an assistant professor of preventive medicine and cardiology at Northwestern University. He looked at current rates for cardiovascular risk factors including smoking, lack of exercise, diet, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Huffman found that although there have been reductions in smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure since 1988, they have been offset by weight gain, diabetes, and pre-diabetes.

Currently, 32% of men and 34% of women in the U.S. are obese.

The primary source of this article is NPR.org, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, 2011.

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