Obesity has become a national epidemic. Recent studies have shown that obesity is more serious than previously thought. In fact, obesity is harder on the health than cigarette smoking. Since 27% of Americans are currently obese, and 61% are overweight, this weight problem is exacting a huge cost from the medical community.
The percentage of Americans who are currently overweight is

61%.

Explanation

The answer is stated in the fourth sentence of the selection.

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