A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that our obesity problem is getting much, much worse.
An alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that American obesity rates have reached a disturbing new high, with nearly four in 10 American adults having a body mass index that would put them in the obese range in 2015 and 2016. Not only that, but two in 10 American children between 2 and 19 years of age are also obese.
The new findings were released Friday and indicates that the nation’s obesity levels continue to rise dramatically despite plenty of education efforts to cut down on obesity. Adult obesity rates were at about 30.5 percent in 1999-2000, but hit 39.8 percent in 2015-2016, a massive increase in such a short period of time.
The rise was dramatic for children as well, jumping from 13.9 percent in 1999-2000 to 18 percent in 2015-2016. Back in 1976 and 1980, the survey found just 15 percent of adults and 5.5 percent of children were obese.
“The prevalence of obesity was lower among non-Hispanic Asian adults (12.7%) compared with all other race and Hispanic-origin groups,” the CDC statement goes on to add. “Hispanic (47.0%) and non-Hispanic black (46.8%) adults had a higher prevalence of obesity than non-Hispanic white adults (37.9%). The pattern among women was similar to the pattern in the overall adult population. The prevalence of obesity was 38.0% in non-Hispanic white, 54.8% in non-Hispanic black, 14.8% in non-Hispanic Asian, and 50.6% in Hispanic women. Among men, the prevalence of obesity was lower in non-Hispanic Asian adults (10.1%) compared with non-Hispanic white (37.9%), non-Hispanic black (36.9%), and Hispanic (43.1%) men. Non-Hispanic black men had a lower prevalence of obesity than Hispanic men, but there was no significant difference between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white men.”