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As Americans learn how large of a public health epidemic obesity has become in our country, the issue of diet and weight is more and more frequently in discussion. Whether in medical circles, around America's dinner tables, or in the school cafeteria, there is a universal consensus that something needs to change. The question that must be asked is: Are we doing enough to change these disturbing statistics?
There is new research that seems to indicate that all this talk might be having a leveling effect on our meteoric weight gain. While Americans have been getting steadily heavier for the past 40 years, new data shows that between 1999 and 2002, there was a leveling off.
While there are still distinctions among ethnic groups, and definitely by gender, on average, the flattening of obesity rates occurred across all age groups in American society: children, teens, and adults.
Now, with two thirds of adults overweight, and with one third of those adults being clinically obese, there is cause for a renewed push to help America lose some of its excess weight.
How can we accomplish the necessary weight loss as a nation? Well, to stop gaining weight is a logical start. From there, we can work on diet and exercise.
Overweight Teens - American Teens are Heaviest
American teens have the world's highest disposable income for their age group. Also, they possess the most clothing and computers. Yes, American teenagers seem to have the most of everything, and according to new research, they've also got the most excess weight.
Researchers compared weight data for 13 to 15 year olds in the United States with that of teenagers from 14 other industrialized nations. They found that American teens, both boys and girls, weigh more than their peers abroad.
Why do Americans teens weigh so much more than other teens across the globe? Some of it has to do with computers and new technology. American teens spend more time on the internet or in front of the TV than their foreign peers. American teens also spend less time walking to school, or working, than teenagers in Europe, where people are more likely to walk to get to their destination.
With these habits, overweight kids and teens in America are more likely to keep gaining weight. It is critical to get preventive education about the correlation between excess weight and health to today's heavy, overweight teens. We must act now - or today's overweight kids will become tomorrow's obese adults.