Just when you thought we were becoming more aware of obesity and making lifestyle choices to prevent it, another study with depressing news comes out.

Boston University released the results of its 30-year-long study indicating that adult obesity is a bigger problem than we originally perceived. Researchers tracked several adults over a 30-year span and found that more than a third of them had become obese. Even worse, over the long haul, nine out of 10 men and seven out of 10 women will become overweight.

The study looked at 4,000 white adults over 30. They were between 30 and 59 when selected and checked every four years. Experts said the study suggests Americans could have an even more serious degree of overweight and obesity over the next few decades.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said obesity caused 25,814 deaths annually. The agency once estimated there were 365,000 deaths per year.

Obese persons generally experience rises in blood pressure and cholesterol, two of the main factors in heart disease. Adult onset diabetes, arthritis and even some cancers have also been linked to obesity.

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