Obesity in America has become a major problem, one that further influences many of the modern day diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, while the financial burden continues to rise as well.
The trends have not been good as each and every year the numbers of obese children and adult’s rises. Now a recent report shows that even with the increasing awareness of high sugary foods such as soda pop that American adults are continuing to lose the battle of the bulge. Federal health officials recently reported from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that the share of American adults who were obese had not declined in recent years, and had edged up slightly.
- In 2003 and 2004, about 32 percent of adults were obese.
- In 2011 and 2012, about 35 percent of adults were obese.
- In 2013 and 2014, about 38 percent of American adults were obese.
The trend has at least slowed for children, as consumption of full-calorie soda has dropped by a quarter since the late 1990s.
- Obesity began rising in the 1980s, but the rate flattened in the 2000s.
- Obesity among young people was unchanged in 2013 and 2014 from the previous period.
- Seventeen percent of Americans ages 2 to 19 were obese, the same as in 2003 and 2004.
Experts pointed out that far more work had been done to fight obesity in children, including changes in school lunches and the removal of sugar-sweetened beverages from some school systems.
Although with adults the results helped identify some possible reasons why certain groups are still rising in obesity.
According to the report, from 2011 to 2014:
- 57 percent of black women were obese.
- 46 percent of Hispanic women were obese
- 39 percent of Hispanic men were obese
- 36 percent of white women were obese
- 34 percent of white men were obese
- The prevalence of obesity was lowest among Asians, who had a combined rate of about 12 percent.
Dr. Walter Willett, the chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, cautioned that the modest improvements nationwide were extremely unevenly spread, with most of them happening among more educated Americans. Even though Americans’ diets had improved in quality from 1999 to 2012, most of those advances were not happening among lower-income, less educated Americans.
“In general, there’s been a big gap” between rich and poor, Dr. Willett said. “When we take the U.S. average, we are hiding a lot of detail.”
Aside from socioeconomic issues as Dr. Willet addressed, there seems to be a distinction in age gaps of adults.
Middle-aged Americans were hardest hit. Adults ages 40 to 59 had the highest rate of obesity averaging at 40 percent, followed by people 60 and over at 37 percent. About 32 percent of 20- to 39-year-olds were obese.
One might surmise that this age gap could be related the cultural significance that stress plays on ones metabolic profile, especially in North America.
This is why it is important look at weight loss as a multifaceted process. Addressing the often unaddressed issues which leave people either not losing weight, or eventually gaining the weight back is critical. Understanding the significance of hormonal balance, stress, sleep and many other factors that affect ones weight, will help you balance the Big Picture of Weight Loss.