People stroll down a street in Montpelier, Vt., last summer. In 1995, 13.4 percent of Vermonters were considered obese. The figure climbed to 23.5 percent in 2011. The latest national data suggest the obesity epidemic has plateaued, however. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked In U.S.

The obesity epidemic appears to have reached a plateau, according to the latest federal statistics.

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Alexandria Johnson got involved with the Anderson Monarchs soccer team when her mother was looking for an affordable way to keep her active. Todd Vachon/WHYY hide caption

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Nathaniel Donaker, 4, eats Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Frosted Flakes is 27 percent sugar, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Cory Booker is mayor of Newark, New Jersey and honorary vice-chair of the Partnership for a Healthier America. Doug Van Sant hide caption

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In the Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program, kids learn that some foods, like cookies, cupcakes and soda, are "red lights" and shouldn't be eaten frequently. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Darden chef Julie Elkinton, talks to Charisse McElroy, right, and her daughter Jacqueline McElroy, 9, during an event at Olive Garden in Hyattsville, Md. on Thursday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Researchers looked at whether restaurants and stores that sold unhealthful food near high schools affected students' weight. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Five-year-old Andy Villatoro plays with a toy he received with a Happy Meal at a San Francisco McDonald's last year. David Paul Morris/Getty Images hide caption

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