U.S. Obesity Rate Staying Strong
American people are still fat... but this is good news.
Despite everything going low-fat and low-calorie, and every campaign imaginable dedicated to educating people about the value of good nutrition and exercise, the United States obesity rate hasn't budged. One in three adults and one in six children and adolescents are still obese.
And this is good news?
"I think this is a kind of encouraging finding, given all the efforts we have been making," Dr. Youfa Wang, head of the Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity told Reuters. "The general public for sure nowadays has become more aware of the health consequences of obesity, and industry has been heavily influenced by all the efforts."
Indeed, the number staying steady between 2007 and 2010 is actually a vast improvement from the '80s and '90s when obesity rates were rapidly increasing. Experts had predicted the numbers to continue rising.
However, 35 to 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of kids are still obese in America, compared to 22 to 24 percent of adults in England and less than five percent in Japan.