Overweight and Obesity Rates Still at Alarming Levels

Despite the sounding of the alarm in recent years, the latest government figures show no decline in the U.S. obesity rate, with 31 percent of adults seriously overweight. The measurements were taken over two years starting in 2001 and are about equal to the 1999-2000 figures. Perhaps most concerning of all, the study found that 32 percent of children ages 6 through 19 were overweight in 2001 to 2002, and 17 percent were seriously overweight, or obese. With obesity starting at younger and younger ages, an entire generation could be vulnerable to the related health consequences of obesity, which include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal and orthopaedic problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression

If you or your children are striving to reach an optimal weight, I encourage you to read my past articles on adult and childhood obesity for some helpful tips.

Journal of the American Medical Association June 16, 2004;291:2847-2850

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