Wednesday, February 26, 2014

US: Obesity Level in Americans Still a Major Health Crisis

According to Forbes, most groups that were analyzed in a recent study of some 9,000 Americans, showed no significant differences from the years 2003-2004 and 2009-2010, as over 30% of adults and 17% of children are still obese, which is about what it was 10 years ago.
Sadly, obesity rates for older women (over 60), rose from 31.5% to 38%.
COMMENT: Unfortunately, the above data seems to suggest that:
1. Obese Americans are not eating the correct type of food;
2. Obese Americans are not controlling the size of the portions they do consume;
3. Obese Americans are burning less calories than they are consuming;
4. 30% of American adults and 17% of children are not eating a balanced diet; 
5. 17% of children are being fed according to how their parents eat/ate; and
6. Many Americans are not disciplined enough to eat a balanced diet.

According to The International Business Times, the following countries have the highest % of obesity:

1. US @ 34% obesity

2. México; according to WHO, Mexicans consume 46 gallons of soft drinks each year

3. Australia

4. New Zealand

5. UK

6. Canada

7. Ireland

8. Chile

9. Iceland

10. Hungary