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B. Skipping Breakfast Adds to the Rise in Adult Obesity

Narrator: This is Science Today. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among adults in the United States has gone up 10 percent in six years. And according to Gladys Block, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, the American trend of skipping breakfast is tipping the scales even further.

Block: The level of obesity in this country is really amazing. I mean, thirty percent of people are actually obese, but when you combine that with overweight or obese, two-thirds of Americans, two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese.

Narrator: According to Block, the fact that the proportion of busy American adults who skip breakfast has increased from 14 to 25 percent from 1965 to 1991 is only making the situation worse.

Block: In the year 2000, two-thirds of American families, both the husband and the wife, worked outside of the home. So we're busy! And that has led to a disordered eating style that I think has contributed to the increase in obesity.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.