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Released: 
December 22, 2012

Americans are packing on the pounds, getting fatter every year. The result is skyrocketing health care costs.

The average American has gained about one pound each year since the mid-1990s. The average American man weighed 194.7 pounds in 2006, up from 181 pounds in 1994. The average American woman weighed 165 pounds, up from 154. Two thirds of us are overweight or obese.

Check the effect on health care costs by clicking to see today’s infographic. Whose responsibility is this? Weigh in – sorry about that – in the discussion below.