Since 1980 the U.S.A has been trying to fight rising obesity rates and the severe heath issues that accompany them sometimes. But a new study finds than more Americans are overweight or obese now than when the concerns started.
Twenty years ago the rate of people with weight problems, either obese or overweight was 63 percent for men and 55 percent for women.
If the figures for 1988-1994 seem worrying then consider the fact that now in the modern high-tech smart accessories world they are even higher.
The latest estimated figures for U.S. citizens suffering from being overweight or obese are 75 % in the men population and 65 % for women.
This has happened despite countless efforts from doctors and specialists to educate and convince people to adopt healthier lifestyles.
between 2007 and 2012 67.6 million American citizens were estimated to be obese and 65.2 overweight. This means that more than 130 million U.S. citizens are at risk from weight problems.
But these figures are only referring to adults of over 25 years old. If we consider the same percentage in young adults and children the figures become more than worrying.
A person is considered obese when their body mass index is higher than 30 kg/m2 or overweight when it exceeds 25kg/m2.
Obesity can cause reduced life span, heart problems, respiratory conditions, bone and muscle pain and many other conditions like depression and anxiety.
Diabetes is also known to affect many overweight people and is especially dangerous to patients who have other medical conditions simultaneously.
The study was conducted by researchers working for the Washington University School of Medicine in ST. Louis.
The total number of subjects was 15.000 all over the age of 25. The subjects involved were considered to be a representation of the general American population.
The study was published in the JAMA journal of medicine.
The reasons for obesity range from exposure to stressful environments, sleeping disturbance and insomnia episodes, to eating habits.
Many of the world’s best selling brands of food and beverage products, have merchandise that contains more sugar and fat in one portion than the estimated normal requirements for a whole day.
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