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Obesity rates rise; N.D., Minn. in middle of the pack

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Millions of Americans wage a daily battle against excess body weight. A battle many are losing.

Two-thirds of adults and almost one-fifth of children in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An adult with a Body Mass Index between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight; an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. (A 5-foot 5-inch person weighing 150 lbs. has a BMI of 24.96.)

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