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The Number One Health Problem in America Continues to Rise

It's well-known America is facing an overweight and obesity epidemic, the causes of its upbringing are runs deep. Aside from the more obvious causes of obesity, the overwhelming statistics make it clear proactive changes are necessary for a healthier future.


Although it is well-known America is facing an overweight and obesity epidemic, the causes of its upbringing are runs deep. Aside from the more obvious causes of obesity, including a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle, the synergistic effects of stress, genetics, environmental factors, underlying medical conditions, and other influences should not be discounted. But instead of dwelling on the origins, the overwhelming statistics make it clear proactive changes are necessary for a healthier future.

Adult and Childhood Obesity Statistics

According to a new report from CNBC, one third of the world is now obese or overweight based on body mass index (BMI). The compiled statistics were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, further concluding out of the 20 most populous countries, Egypt had the highest levels of adult obesity. Additionally, the prevalence of child and adult obesity has doubles in 73 counties since 1980. And the number one health problem in America continues to rise, including the rapid growth of morbid obesity rates. Additional statistics include:

• According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), almost 71 percent of adults aged 20 years or older are considered overweight or obese.

• The Adult Obesity Prevalence Map of 2015 indicated no U.S. state has an obesity prevalence less than 20 percent.

• The map further detailed the South had the highest prevalence of obesity (31.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.7%), the Northeast (26.4%), and the West (25.2%).

• Based on the CNBC report mentioned above, the U.S. has the highest level of childhood obesity rates, 12.7 percent to be exact.

While it is important to mention BMI is not the most accurate measure of validating weight status, the statistics are still weighty and there really is no number that can be placed on the repercussions of American's number one health problem. The CDC further indicates excess body weight increases the risk of a number of health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, arthritis, just to name a few. The accumulation of weight and disease states ultimately has shown to shorten lifespans. But these health problems are not only confined to adults, as children also face such possibilities and pose a greater risk for developing social and psychological problems, including low self-esteem and discrimination.

Reducing Obesity Rates in America

It will certainly take time to deter such a major health concern, as it requires active participation across the board. However, we must consider how we can reshape America into a healthier country to lessen such disease risks while prospering into livelier nation. Individually committing to and adopting a healthy lifestyle can transform into lessened overweight and obesity statistics as a whole. A well-balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress-management are emphasized for good health, along with weight loss and maintenance.

Additionally, starting and sustaining health habits can potentially transpire into healthier generations to come. In fact, health and weight statuses of children can begin in utero. A report from CNN evolves the importance of a healthy pregnancy, suggesting overweight women increases the risk of birth defects. And while the not-so-sweet truth of diet soda continues to take notice, new data proposes children born to women who drink at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day, along with being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, during pregnancy increases their risk of becoming overweight or obese by age seven. Regardless of the outcomes following birth, instilling healthy behaviors in children can change their developmental paths for the better. Examples of beneficial habits include cooking together in the kitchen, disconnecting from electronics and connecting with nature, and setting regular sleep schedules.

Though diet is just a piece of the health puzzle, bistroMD understands the hardships people face for piecing together their weight loss and health journey. From juggling work responsibilities to helping kids with homework, the thought of preparing a nutritious meal may be the last task you wish to tackle. To lessen the load off your personal plate, bistroMD prepares well-balanced meals and sends them directly to your doorstep! For more information on the nation's leading weight loss meal delivery service, visit the official webpage here or call 866-401-3438 to speak to a live representative.

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on October 05, 2017. Updated on May 07, 2019.


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