The latest numbers show obesity is only getting worse in the US. According to a new report published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)| it’s hit an all-time high: more US adults are obese in this country than those who are overweight. Adding to this eye-opening statistic is that the majority of all US adults are either obese or overweight: two-thirds of adult women and three-quarters of adult men| to be exact.
To determine these numbers| researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine looked at data gathered between 2007 and 2012 from an ongoing study performed by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey| which involved 15|000 men and women over the age of 25. Based on these findings| researchers estimate that 36 million men and 29 million women are overweight| while 32 million men and 36 million women are obese.
Being obese or overweight is linked to multiple health risks| which include susceptibility to certain cancers| heart disease| and type 2 diabetes. “We see this as a wake-up call to implement policies and practices designed to combat obesity|” study author Lin Yang told CBS News.
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