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Obesity epidemic will get worse before it gets better, scientists say

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (KWWL) -- Experts predict the obesity epidemic will reach at least 42 percent, before finally leveling off.

These projections come from Harvard University researchers whose models show people have gotten better at gaining weight since the 1970's, but not losing it.

Their study suggests the spread of obesity is due to social interactions, easier access to unhealthy foods and a culture with less physical activity.

And while a 42 percent obesity rate may be a best case scenario, models show it may take another 40 years to reach this level.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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