09/02/2010 - News

U.S. Obesity Just Keeps On Rising

By: June Chen, MD

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It’s no secret that obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Still, according to leading health officials, obesity in the United States is rising faster than expected. In recent years, obesity has doubled among U.S. adults and tripled among U.S. children, according to data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Between 2007 and 2009, the number of states where more than 30 percent of residents are obese tripled. It may be hard to believe that, in 2000, not a single state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more. Despite our obsession with diet and exercise, not one state managed to achieve a federal goal of cutting the obesity rate to 15 percent or less. In a separate study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults increased by 90 percent in just 16 years, from 14 percent in 1993 to 27 percent in 2008.
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Reference:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Jia H and Lubetkin E. Obesity-related quality-adjusted life years lost in the U.S. from 1993 to 2008. Am J Prev Med 2010; 39(3): 330-227.

Created on: 08/21/2010
Reviewed on: 09/02/2010

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