According to new government research, obesity levels are rising in America. American adults are most at risk, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in terms of the number of obese.
Year 2011 to 2012 data was examined and it was found that about 35% of adults were obese. These numbers were similar to 2003 to 2004 when numbers appeared to be plateau. The CDC is now reporting that the numbers began to in 2013 to 2014, however, rising to 38 per cent. The data analyzed was the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is released every 2 years.
When men and women were compared, researchers found a sharp increase in obesity among women. Currently, obesity rates among women and men weigh in at 38.3% and 34.3%, respectively. The results were compiled by Cynthia Ogden, PhD and her team.
Obesity rates vary widely by race. Obesity rates among various races weighed in at 11.7% for Asian adults, 34.5% for white adults, 42.5% for hispanics and 48.1% for black adults.
Karl Nadolsky, DO, an endocrinologist in Maryland, in an email to MedPage Today, stated that despite various efforts of many groups to increase awareness about obesity as a disease, doctors are still struggling to treat it as such.
Obesity is now being treated as an important public health problem. It is expected that the effort will be on especially in terms of essential steps via enhanced healthful behaviors for the betterment of society.
Previously, many had hoped that obesity rates would decline as Americans appeared to be consuming healthier foods and less soda. This might have led to the leveling of obesity rates or perhaps even decline.
The recent data is disturbing, however, as the numbers show obesity rates are actually worsening. All three age groups in America, the middle-aged Americans, older Americans and the younger adults are facing a rise in obesity. These rates were 40.2%, 37.0% 32.3%, respectively.