Greater, Not Higher: See the place NY ranks for US weight problems charge
America is not winning the battle against obesity, according to a new study.
Currently, about 42 percent of Americans are obese – which means they carry about 50 pounds more than a person of mean average weight. Another 35 percent of Americans are overweight.
According to a study by the American Obesity Association, formerly the Massachusetts Science Center, the situation is expected to get worse by 2025, when half of all Americans are said to be overweight.
The percentage of overweight Americans is projected to reach 60 percent by 2030, said the Woburn-based American Obesity Association. The results are an update of the Harvard University School of Public Health’s 2019 Obesity Forecast.
This is particularly worrying news amid the COVID-19 pandemic, where 60 percent of COVID deaths are due to obesity, the association said.
Over the past 50 years, as the obesity epidemic has steadily worsened, more than 5,000 recommendations have been made to prevent obesity, the study says.
Obesity is a contributing factor to many deadly diseases, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease affects disproportionately colored people and people without a university education.
A 2019 CDC study found that at least 20 percent of adults in every US state and territory are obese – except Colorado and Washington, DC
In New York, 26.4 percent of adults said they were obese in 2019.
The states with the most obese adults were Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
To view the data, visit the CDC online.
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