US OBESE POPULATION TOP 70 MILLION
The US Government reported this month that a little over 72 million US adults are now considered obese, based on having a body mass index of 30 or greater. This represents 26.7% of the US adult population and continues to increase over recent years.
In nine states, 30% or more of adults were found to be obese.
It is also believed that the level of obesity is actually an underestimate because historically, in the surveys by the US Federal Government people tend to underestimate their weight when talking to the surveyor.
Leaders at all levels are becoming increasingly aware of the seriousness of the problem and the degree to which obese people suffer earlier and more severe consequences of shortened life expectancy, worsened health conditions, marked increases in diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease breathing problems, kidney failure and more. In a widely quoted statement from Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, he says “We need intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity.”
African-Americans are more likely to be obese and unhealthy as a result with approximately 36% of adult African-Americans now considered obese with a BMI of 30 or more. This is followed by Hispanic adults among whom 30% of adults were obese in the study. These data, paired with the recent data about the marked reductions in quality of life, continue to add to the urgency of the problems in the search for obesity prevention solutions.