Addiction Sameness

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Startling growth in obesity over past 20 years

Just when you thought the obesity crisis couldn't get worse:

America’s getting even fatter: 

Startling growth in obesity over past 20 years

New obesity statistics are out for the United States, and they show that nearly two-thirds of adults are at an unhealthy weight.

An analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday found that 75 percent of men and 67 percent of women ages 25 and older are now overweight or obese. That's a startling shift from 20 years ago when 63 percent of men and 55 percent of women were overweight or obese and a depressing sign that campaigns to get Americans to eat healthier and exercise more may be failing.

Based on information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67.6 million Americans were obese and 65.2 million overweight as of 2012. The CDC defines obese as having a body mass index of 30 or higher, and overweight as a body mass index of between 25 and 29.9.

This marks the first time that Americans who are obese outnumber those who are overweight.
More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
 Does looking at this image of an obese man on a bench conjure up a foul odour? You may have an inbuilt prejudice if it does, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles

Overweight and Obesity Statistics | National Institute of Diabetes ... 


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