A competitor prepares for a casting call of the reality television program Dance Your Ass Off in New York

 
A competitor prepares for a casting call of the reality television program Dance Your Ass Off in New York
A competitor prepares for a casting call of the reality television program "Dance Your Ass Off" in New York in this file photo taken December 18, 2009. The latest in a long string of reports on the obesity epidemic in the United States presents the usual glum picture of the present, when 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this year. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files