Friday, 29 May 2015

Americans are getting fatter day by day

We all know well that when we say fast-food, we think of America and vice-versa. Also, when we say americans, we say money and fat. Is that right or is it just me?

Americans are getting fatter

High level BMI

Only 2 percent of Americans are considered underweight, with a BMI of under 18.5. That percentage has remained steady in the last five years.obesity increased most among people over 65 years old, from 23.4 percent in 2008 to 27.4 percent in 2013. Middle-age adults (ages 45 to 64), Midwesterners, women and whites were the next fastest growing populations when it comes to unhealthy weight gain. The report also reflects the trend that people who are obese tend to have lower incomes.

2013 study proved that 27% of Americans are obese.

Individual BMI scores of 30 or above are classified as “obese,” 25 to 29.9 are “overweight,” 18.5 to 24.9 are “normal weight” and less than 18.5 is considered “underweight,” all according to guidelines drawn up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People classified as “morbidly obese” have a BMI of 40 and above. The number of Americans who fall into this category rose from 3.4 percent in 2008 to 4.0 percent in 2013.

Obesity = disease

Obesity increases one’s risk for a number of chronic and deadly conditions including Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Being severely overweight is also linked to lower quality of life and well-being. Ultimately this means national health care expenses—both medical and mental health—will expand along with waistlines.

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