Obesity Rates Rise, But Fewer Adults Try to Lose Weight
A new study suggests that, as obesity rates continue to rise, fewer and fewer adults are trying to lose weight. Overweight/obesity—usually the result of poor diet and not enough physical activity—affects about two-thirds of the U.S. population, increasing the risk for health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.
Although rates of overweight/obesity have risen steadily and significantly in the United States since the 1980s, the percentage of people trying to lose weight has decreased by seven percent. For the study, researchers analyzed information about weight and weight loss efforts from three time periods—1988-1994, 1999-2004, and 2009-2014.
While obesity rates increased from 53 to 66 percent over the study period, the percentage of people who said they tried to lose weight in the past year fell from 56 to 49 percent, according to researchers. The study did not suggest a reason for this, but it might be that social acceptance may be to blame.
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