I am stunned by the magnitude of obesity I see.
Scary to think of the troubles these folks have created for themselves. Musculo skeletal, cardiovascular. A welfare state can do that.
Research letter: US adults who are obese outnumber those who are just overweight.
The Los Angeles Times (6/23, Kaplan) reports that US “adults who are obese now outnumber those who are merely overweight,” according to a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers “estimated that 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese as of 2012, and an additional 65.2 million were overweight.”
The Washington Post (6/23, Cha) “To Your Health” blog reports that finding is “a startling shift from 20 years ago when 63 percent of men and 55 percent of women were overweight or obese and a depressing sign that campaigns to get Americans to eat healthier and exercise more may be failing.”
The CBS News (6/23, Welch) website reports that the study authors “analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2012 to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity.” Included in the data was information on “15,208 men and women age 25 or older.”
TIME (6/23, Sifferlin) reports that “40% of men were overweight and 35% of men were obese” during that time period, whereas “30% of women were overweight and 37% were obese.” These figures “are similar to those estimated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which suggest that one third of American adults are obese.”
MedPage Today (6/23, Wallan) reports that just “33% of Americans ages 25 to 54, and 28% of those 55 and older, fell into the normal weight category of having a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24.9.”