Forbes Magazine reports that according to troubling new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults have a body mass index classifying them as obese. Adult obesity rates have continued to increase steadily since the turn of the century, rising from 30.5 percent in 1999-2000 to 39.6 percent in 2015-2016, a record high. Young Americans have also been piling on the pounds and the obesity rate among the country's youth (aged 2-19 years old) currently stands at 18.5 percent. Broken down further, one in ten preschoolers aged 2-5, one in five children aged 6-11 and one in five adolescents aged 12-19 is considered obese. That trend is most worrying, given that young people are far more likely to stay obese while childhood obesity is linked to a higher chance of an early death in adulthood. As grim as these obesity figures are, they are only part of a far larger problem in U.S. society. Just over 70 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese, meaning people with normal weight levels are now a minority.