U.S. Obesity Rate Hits Record High
The obesity rates in the United States have now climbed to nearly 40 percent in adults and almost 20 percent in adolescents – the highest rates ever recorded – according to a new report from the CDC. This alarming trend has continued despite numerous public health efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity levels and reduce rates of obesity.
According to the CDC, one in five adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, one in five kids between the ages of six and 11, and one in 10 preschoolers between the ages of two and five are now classified as obese. Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to be overweight as adults and have a higher risk of early death than children who are not overweight. This week, the World Health Organization released a report indicating child obesity has soared more than ten times higher in the past four decades worldwide.
About 70.7 percent of Americans are now considered either overweight or obese. This means that overweight/obesity has become the norm and people with a body mass index (BMI) less than 25 are now in the minority.