Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Disturbing Article

The picture included in this article was most disturbing so I decided not to include it in my post. This really is something to think about...

Obesity Leveling off in the United States

Results of a new study find that the obesity rates in the United States are leveling off at 1 in 3.

This is the first year out of the last 25, that government figures have shown obesity rates in the country to be stable, not continuing to increase at alarming rates.

The study found that overall, approximately 72 million Americans are obese. Another way of looking at it is 1 in 3 people are battling the bulge.

Overall, the CDC says Americans age 40 to 59 had the highest prevalence of obesity, with about 40 percent of that age group obese.

"What we can be optimistic about is we haven't seen a giant increase in the last couple of years," said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist for the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "But we aren't seeing any decrease, that's for sure."

According to Ogden in years past, the rate of obesity in women was growing faster than that of men, but this trend has also begun to level off.

"It's a different story for men and women," she said. "It used to be that women were more likely to be obese than men. Now, that is not true anymore."

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or greater.

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