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Americans are 20 pounds heavier than 20 years ago

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Americans are packing on the pounds.  According to a new Gallup poll, as a nation, we are now 20 pounds heavier on average than we were in 1990. The poll found the average man weighs 196 pounds.  For women, it's 160. 

Nearly 70% of those polled said they were over their ideal weight, but even that's on the rise.  Now, most men say they would like to weigh 181 pounds.  Most women say they would prefer to be 138 pounds. 

The heavy trend is affecting children too.  A new study of kindergartners shows a startling trend. 
The young kids waistlines are bigger than ever.  Researchers with the RAND Corporation looked at data from thousands of white, black and Hispanic kids during a nine-year period, starting in kindergarten. 

They found nearly 40% of the kindergartners had a body mass index in the 75th percentile or higher.  According to a HealthDay report, that's a 25% increase since the 1970s and 80s. 
HealthDay reports the study's author says parents of children in the 75th percentile or higher should consider changing their child's eating and exercise habits.