The United States has battled obesity for decades, and it’s still not winning. From 13 percent of the population categorized as obese in 1962 to the 38 percent of adults qualifying today, the numbers have risen parallel to the scales of American households.
The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics looked at national surveys of more than 5,400 adults for their recent study.The team reported that, "The obesity epidemic in the United States is now three decades old, and huge investments have been made in research, clinical care, and development of various programs to counteract obesity. However, few [pieces of] data suggest the epidemic is diminishing.”
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Obesity is medically defined as having a body mass index (BMI)—a measure of height to weight ratio—that's more than 30. On top of those categorized as obese, as reported in the study, approximately another third of Americans are categorized as overweight.
People who are obese have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, a study conducted by Gallup and Healthways shows that obese adults are 29 percent more likely to say they lack purpose in life and nearly 34 percent more likely to suffer financially.
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The physical and mental health risks associated with obesity are inarguably scary, but with the proper knowledge of diet, exercise as well as your own family health history, proactive choices can be taken to avoid obesity and the health risks involved.
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