According to a study released in late June, researchers have reached a startling discovery: American adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight. The obesity epidemic is only worsening in our country and it’s time for us all to make a promise to ourselves to put our health first. Read on to learn more about the rising obesity statistics.
Obesity is characterized by having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. Those with a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 fall within the overweight category. BMIs are calculated using height and weight.
Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis estimated that 67.6 million Americans over 25 were obese as of 2012, while another 65.2 million were considered overweight. This data was collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Women were more likely to be considered obese than overweight, with 37% falling into the obese category. Two out of every three women in the U.S. is considered above a normal weight, which also means that more than ever before, women’s health and longevity are at risk. Men who were considered obese reached 35%, while 40% fell in the overweight range.
Being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk of many chronic health conditions, including type-2 diabetes, heart disease, breathing ailments, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
These new figures are a wake-up call to the American public. New policies and practices should be implemented to fight the obesity and overweight epidemic. Don’t be caught in these statistics—create change TODAY with help from SlimGenics.
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