Surprised and disheartened. That’s how many people on the front line of the fight against obesity felt about the results of a new survey done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The bottom line – obesity rates continue to climb despite years of major public awareness efforts to try to get people to watch their weight and make better decisions about what they eat.
About 38 percent of American adults were obese in 2013 and 2014, up from 35 percent in 2011 and 2012. Researchers said the increase was small enough that it was not statistically significant. But to many in public health, it was surprising and disheartening.
“The trend is very unfortunate and very disappointing,” said Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “Everybody was hoping that with the decline in sugar and soda consumption, that we’d start seeing a leveling off of adult obesity.”
Also out of the survey came the news that women had overtaken men in obesity rates. According to CBS News, “Obesity rates for men and women had been roughly the same for about a decade. But in the new report, the rate was significantly higher for women, at 38 percent, compared with 34 percent for men.”
And US News and World Report listed a few other key finding from the report including:
- Obesity was higher among middle-aged (about 40 percent) and older (37 percent) adults than younger adults (about 32 percent).
- More whites, blacks and Hispanics were obese than Asians.
- Nearly 9 percent of preschoolers were obese, versus more than 17 percent of kids aged 6 to 11. Among teens, more than 20 percent were obese.
For the purposes of the study, obesity was defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation of body fat based on height and weight.
We know what we have to do to turn around these alarming numbers……the key is how do we get it done? Share your thoughts on how Arizonans can stem the obesity tide and set an example for the rest of the country to follow. That would be a huge step in our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!