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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:53

CDC Report: Obesity Continues To Rise

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The latest CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report on obesity has been released. Despite efforts at a national level, the prevalence of obesity continues to rise. Rates are higher among women and the middle-aged.

According to the New York Times, obesity increased in adults increased from 35% to 38% between 2011/2012 and 2013/2014. Compared to a decade ago, obesity increased significantly from 32%. Although childhood obesity levels remained the same, a recent study in Kentucky found heart damage in children as young as eight years old. The CDC predicts that as many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends aren't reversed.

The latest CDC report describes "striking" numbers of obesity among minorities: From 2011-2014, the rate of obesity among black women was 57%, and among Hispanic women 47%. According to Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, Americans' diet improved in quality from 1999-2012, but these changes were "not happening among lower-income, less educated Americans.

Despite public health campaigns, the number of obese Americans continues to increase. Obesity is now considered a disease by the American Medical Association. We are facing an epidemic. It's time to start taking the threat of obesity seriously. Visit California Medical Weight Management to learn more about our doctor-supervised weight loss diet program.

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