America's Obesity Epidemic Grows
In a sign that the United States' obesity epidemic has not abated, new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that American teenagers continue to put on weight, while 40 percent of women in the U.S. are now obese. ("Obese" is currently defined as having a body mass index, or a specific ratio of height-to-weight, of more than 30; a healthy BMI is, roughly speaking, between 18 and 24.)
The CDC reports found that, overall, 38 percent of American adults and 17 percent of American teens are obese. The reports' authors also voiced concern -- or perhaps frustration -- that despite years of research and high-profile health campaigns meant to educate Americans about the perils of obesity, the epidemic appears to be worse than ever.
"The obesity epidemic in the United States is now three decades old," wrote Dr. Jody Zylke and Dr. Howard Bauchner, editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association, "and huge investments have been made in research, clinical care, and development of various programs to counteract obesity. However, few data suggest the epidemic is diminishing."
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