U.S.A has been aware of the obesity rates being high but now a new study reveals that more than two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese, this is a big jump in the last 20 years.
A staggering 75% of men and 65% of women aged 25 and above are overweight or obese as shown by the findings released on Monday from JAMA International Medicine. 20 years ago in the rate of obesity or being overweight in men was 63% and for women 55%.
Studies show 67.6 million Americans were obese and 65.2 million overweight in 2012.The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Washington Post.
An obese person is one who has accumulated so much body fat that it might have a negative effect on their health. If a person’s body-weight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is 30 or over you are considered obese.
Reasons for obesity are too many calories consumption, lack of sleep, leading a sedentary lifestyle, endocrine disruptors, such as some foods that interfere with lipid metabolism, medications that make patients put on weight, obesity is self-perpetuating and in some the obesity gene.
This is the first time obese Americans outnumber the overweight Americans, stated the Post.
Excessive weight gain and obesity are creating problems for the nation’s health-care system and society in general.
Overweight and obesity are associated with several chronic conditions, including hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and some cancers. A collaborative effort must be made across the board to stop this trend that is compromising and shortening the lives of many, Lin Yang, an epidemiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a co-author of the study, tells LiveScience.com