Americans are Getting Heavier and Heavier
Since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the average American has put on 15 or more additional pounds without getting any taller.
Even 11-year-old kids aren’t immune from this weight plague, the study found.
Girls are more than 7 pounds heavier even though their height is the same.
Boys gained an inch in height, but also packed on an additional 13.5 pounds compared to 20 yrs ago.
When looked at by race: Blacks gained the most on average. Black women added 22 pounds despite staying the same average height. Black men grew about 1/5the of an inch, but added 18 pounds, the study found.
The new statistics were released on 3 August in a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The statistics for Y’s 2011-2014 are based on an analysis of a sample of 19,151 people who underwent medical examinations and were interviewed at home.
According to the report, the average weight of men in the United States rose from 181 pounds to 196 pounds between Y’s 1988-1994 and 2011-2014. Their average height remained the same at about 5 ft, 9 ins.
The average woman expanded from 152 pounds to 169 pounds while her height remained steady at just under 5 ft, 4 ins.
Body mass index, or BMI, is a rough estimate of a person’s body fat using height and weight measurements. The BMI classifies people into several categories, such as normal, overweight and obese.
This matters because we know that increasing BMI is a good indicator of overall risk for a variety of diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.
The reasons behind the increase in weight is related to trends toward less exercise and more access to processed foods rich in calories.
So, if energy consumed is greater than energy expended, then there will be a gain in weight.
The US population is still gaining weight at “a fairly rapid rate, and such an increase does not bode well for the overall health of the nation. The findings suggest there will likely be an associated increase in chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the coming years,” the report noted.
There are many active efforts to combat obesity, but America’s culture at large is in the business of propagating obesity for profit, from big food to big media to big pharma. It’s that simple. American business does much more to foster obesity than to defend against it.
So avoid all processed foods and exercise daily.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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