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Key new findings show the obesity epidemic in the United States is getting a great deal worse — instead of getting better.

Authorities are trying to understand why.obesity discovery

Obesity Epidemic Getting Far Worse

A surprising new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the obesity epidemic is getting far worse — instead of getting better.

The report shows that the number of obese Americans has reached a shocking, new high — in spite of increased public health efforts — and the perpetual struggle to help Americans lose weight.

Based on data from 2015 and 2016, almost four in 10 American adults — and two in 10 children are obese.

The CDC provides the following definition:

“Obesity: BMI was calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared, rounded to one decimal place. Obesity in adults was defined as a BMI of greater than or equal to 30. [And], obesity in youth was defined as a BMI of greater than or equal to the age- and sex-specific 95th percentile of the 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts.”

The findings were released earlier last week.  The obese adult rates are way up from when they were at around three in 10 adults in 1999-2000 — as well as 13.9 percent in 1999-2000 — compared to 18 percent in 2015-2016.

In 1976 and 1980, only 15 percent of adults and 5.5 percent of children were in the obese range with relation to body mass index (BMI).

Essentially, the number of obese Americans has tripled in the last thirty years.

CDC Statements

The CDC’s report of the prevalence of obese adults and children in 2015 and 2016 included the following statement:

“What was the prevalence of obesity in adults in 2015 – 2016? The prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults was 39.8 percent (crude).”  Overall, the prevalence among adults aged 40–59 (42.8 percent) was higher than among adults aged 20–39 (35.7 percent). No significant difference in prevalence was seen between adults aged 60 and over (41.0 percent) and younger age groups.

The CDC adds:

“Among both men and women, the prevalence of obesity followed a similar pattern by age. Men aged 40–59 (40.8 percent) had a higher prevalence of obesity than men aged 20–39 (34.8 percent). Women aged 40–59 (44.7 percent) had a higher prevalence of obesity than women aged 20–39 (36.5 percent). For both men and women, the prevalence of obesity among those aged 60 and over was not significantly different from the prevalence among those aged 20–39 or 40–59.”

Scientists don’t know what caused a dramatic spike in the prevalence of obese Americans — in spite of public health education efforts to curtail the epidemic — as well as an increase in the popularity of healthier food choices as alternatives to fast food.

But these recent findings are certainly cause for concern.