Majority of American’s are now Obese

Most American's are Obese

Most American’s are Obese

The number of overweight and obese adults in the United States continues to rise, according to a new study that’s found more than two-thirds of adult Americans aged 25 years or older are now overweight or obese.

The research analysed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which ran from 2007 to 2012, and included information on a sample of 15,208 men and women. Based on the data, the researchers estimate that 39.96 percent of US men (36.3 million) are overweight and 35.04 percent (31.8 million) are obese.

 For women, the estimates are 29.74 percent (28.9 million) of them are overweight, while 36.84 percent (35.8 million) are obese. If you do the maths, sure enough, the number of obese adult Americans (67.6 million) now eclipses those who are only overweight (65.2 million).

What’s so remarkable about the research, conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is just how stark the numbers are for the US population. Every three in four men is overweight or obese, and the same can be said for two out of every three women.

In other words, people in healthy weight ranges in the US make up only a distinct minority of the population, especially when you consider that some portion of the remainder in these figures will be people who are actually underweight.

The researchers found the African American community has the biggest problem with obesity – affecting 39 percent of black men and 57 percent of black women – followed by Mexican Americans and then whites.

A similar study was published back in 1999, finding that 63 percent of men and 55 percent of women aged 25 and older were overweight or obese, so clearly the problem has only gotten worse over the last two decades, despite efforts from the government and the health community to educate people on how to take care of themselves when it comes to food and lifestyle choices.

“This is a wakeup call to implement policies and practices designed to combat overweight and obesity,” said Lin Yang, the study’s lead, in a statement. “An effort that spans multiple sectors must be made to stop or reverse this trend that is compromising and shortening the lives of many.”

Scary stuff, but hopefully this latest research will help galvanise efforts to turn weights around in the US and put healthy eating and living squarely back on the agenda.



Americans Think the Rich Are Different

Americans Think the Rich Are Different:


Americans Think the Rich Are Different

Americans Think the Rich Are Different

Americans tend to think the rich are different from average people, branding them as more hardworking and intelligent, but also greedier and more dishonest, a new survey finds. Most Americans (65 percent) think the income gap between rich and poor has grown in the past ten years and most believe that’s a bad thing for the country, the Pew Research Center survey found. The majority (58 percent) also thinks the rich pay too little in taxes, while 26 percent think they pay their fair share and 8 percent think the wealthy pay too much, according to the poll. But there is a partisan divide behind some of these views. Pew found that 55 percent of Republicans described the rich as hard-working, compared with 33 percent of Democrats. And 65 percent of Democrats think the rich are greedy, compared with 42 percent of Republicans When it comes to taxes, 78 percent of Democrats said the rich pay too little, compared with 33 percent of Republicans. Meanwhile, 44 percent of Republicans said the rich pay their fair share, in contrast with 13 percent of Democrats who said the same thing. The poll found other factors besides income that set the rich apart. Americans who identified as upper-class in the survey were more likely to be satisfied with their family life, health, housing situation and education than their middle-class and lower-class counterparts, according to Pew. With the presidential election coming up in November, politicians might want to take note of how the public perceives their treatment of the rich. About 63 percent of those surveyed said the Republican Party favors the wealthy over the middle class and poor, while 71 percent believe Mitt Romney’s policies, if he became president, would be good for rich people. Fewer said the same about the Democratic Party (20 percent) and President Barack Obama in a second term (37 percent), according to Pew. Conversely, Americans are convinced Obama’s policies would do more to help the poor (60 percent) and the middle class (50 percent) than the policies of Romney (31 percent and 40 percent, respectively).