The U.S. Obesity Epidemic is Getting Worse, Not Better

man_blood_pressureWe know that carrying too much weight is unhealthy. We know that the standard American diet (SAD) is loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar, both of which contribute to obesity. And we know that being obese is linked to serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Yet, despite all this, Americans are getting heavier.

A Washington University School of Medicine study recently determined that our struggle with weight gain is getting worse—with more than two-thirds of adults either overweight or obese. When compared to a similar study conducted just 20 years ago, researchers saw a significant jump in the percentage of overweight or obese adults: up from 63% of men and 55% percent of women to nearly 75% of men and 67% of women.

“We see this as a wake-up call to implement policies and practices designed to combat overweight and obesity,” said study author Lin Yang. He believes education still plays a key role in combating obesity, but that cities and workplaces can also get involved by encouraging healthy eating and offering more opportunities for physical activity.

The study, published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight. Data was used from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and looked at the records of more than 15,000 men and women 25 years and older.

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Is Marriage Better for Men’s Health?

holding_handsWhen you think about all the reasons you tied the knot, chances are your health is not the first thing that pops into your head. However, recent studies have shown that being married provides significant health benefits—especially when it comes to your heart. And as it turns out, marriage may be even more beneficial for men than women.

Researchers in London recently compiled data for more than 10,000 adults born in the late 1950s whose relationship status was monitored throughout a decades-long study in order to determine its impact on their overall well-being.

Results of the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, revealed that married men were 14% less likely to suffer heart problems than their single counterparts, but that men who had never married or lived with a partner were the least healthy in middle age and more likely to develop cardiovascular disease as well as respiratory issues.

In this particular study, the women did not fare so well. In fact, their risk for developing metabolic syndrome linked to obesity and diabetes was the same whether or not they were married. However, for those who did marry, an early divorce (in their mid- to late-20s) was associated with a reduced risk of metabolic issues.

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