Close Health Alert: U.S. obesity rates leveling off Health Alert: U.S. obesity rates leveling off Scott Jones , KYTX 10:14 AM. CDT October 18, 2013 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST (CBS) - The Centers for Disease Control says nearly 35 percent of American adults are obese, a rate that's remained steady since 2009. The leveling off follows decades of skyrocketing growth. Scientists say the problem remains an epidemic. There are nearly 80 million obese Americans. (CBS) - Canadian researchers say women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to suffer a stroke later in life. Moms with a severe form called pre-eclampsia can have a 40 percent higher risk. Doctors say women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy need to be closely monitored years later for signs of stroke risk. (CBS) - A study in the journal Science finds when we sleep the brain is busy cleaning house. Researchers took detailed brain scans of mice and discovered brain cells actually shrink during sleep. This allows the brain to clear out toxins responsible for Alzheimer's and other neurological disorders. Doctors believe the same holds true in people and are planning tests to find out. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS A vigil for Brandy Mosley Missing woman in Palestine RAW VIDEO: Shooting inside Greenville car dealership caught on cell phone video Tyler Walmart gas mix-up leaves customers with pricey repairs Cell phone video captures deadly shootout in Nissan dealership 2 injured in oil tank explosion Roller Rink Restored CBS19 Investigates: Fatal crash sparks concerns on FM 279 Woman ticketed for bird egg bashing More calls for charges after Denny's beating More Stories LIVE: Follow the solar eclipse from coast to coast Aug 21, 2017, 9:10 a.m. One dead after vehicle hits bus stop in Marseille Aug 21, 2017, 4:36 a.m. Save on your solar eclipse photos Aug 18, 2017, 12:34 a.m.