For a short time, experts thought the U.S. obesity problem may have been stabilizing—and possibly heading toward a decline—but a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that may have been wishful thinking.
In just the last decade, obesity rates among American adults have climbed from 32 percent to almost 38 percent, according to information gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Additionally, the number of obese women now surpasses that of men: about 38 percent vs. 34 percent.
Experts are at a loss to explain the continued rise in obesity, especially since recent campaigns have worked hard to educate people about the health risks of being overweight and obese. Yet, even as restaurants and food manufacturers are taking steps toward offering healthier options, Americans are still getting heavier.
The most current NHANES data reveal more than a third of adults and 17% of youth in the United States are obese, but more and more studies tell us that maintaining a healthy weight has more to do with just counting calories or exercising. It involves a lifestyle characterized by healthy choices that benefit your gut, your waistline, your heart, and so much more.
Want to learn more? Visit the Healthy Weight section of our blog for the latest studies, along with helpful diet and lifestyle tips.