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June 8, 2016

Obesity rates on the rise among women, teens in US

NBC Nightly News (6/7, story 9, 0:15, Holt) reported, “The CDC now says over 40 percent of women…and 35 percent of men” are obese. The CBS Evening News (6/7, story 7, 2:05, Pelley) reported, “Many experts say sugar is the enemy.”

In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (6/7, Kaplan) reports, “One report finds that 35% of men and 40% of women were obese as of 2014, the most recent year for which data were available.” The other report indicates “that 17% of children and teens were obese as well, including nearly 6% who were morbidly obese.” Both reports were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

NBC News (6/7, Fox) reports on its website that these “reports…show that efforts to encourage Americans to lose weight – at least to stop putting on more weight – are having little effect.”

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