- In 2017–2018, the age-adjusted prevalence of obesity in adults was 42.4%, and there were no significant differences between men and women among all adults or by age group.
- The prevalence of severe obesity was highest among adults aged 40–59 compared with other age groups.
- From 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of both obesity and severe obesity increased among adults.
I’ll be the first to admit that there is nothing better in the morning than a fresh donut or a nice cheeseburger for lunch. I also understand that I can’t eat what I want when I want because just looking at some rood causes me to gain weight.
To try and stay active whenever I can. I ride my bike 100 miles a week and when I go on the road I try and walk several miles. I am, evidently, one of the few.
According to the CDC “the age-adjusted prevalence of obesity was 42.4%, and the age-adjusted prevalence of severe obesity was 9.2% among adults aged 20 and over in the United States in 2017–2018. The overall prevalence of obesity was similar among men and women, but the prevalence of severe obesity was higher among women. Adults aged 40–59 had the highest prevalence of severe obesity”.
The 2017-2018 prevalence of obesity was the highest in nearly 20 years — the prevalence of obesity in 1999-2000 was about 30%. Rates of severe obesity were twice as high as they were 20 years ago.cdc
Some countries are successfully fighting obesity by putting warning labels on high sugar and high-fat foods but here in the U.S., the food lobby is too strong for that to happen. By failing to get obesity under control we are ensuring that healthcare costs will remain a significant part of our GNP.
Insurers should charge obese patients more for health insurance since these patients are going to cost us all a lot more money. Sure, drug prices are high, but the real threat to our healthcare is the fact that Americans don’t exercise enough, eat the wrong foods and don’t get support from the companies they work for.