As US obesity epidemic grows, new study shows who is gaining weight over the last decade. In roughly 20 years, the prevalence of obesity increased by approximately 40% and severe obesity almost doubled.

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I’m originally from the UK so it’s not as if I come from a particularly healthy country but there are still some big differences:

  • Portions in restaurants and fast food places are huge here. There are even places which offer free refills of things like fries. I’ve never seen that in the UK. Refills of soda drinks are also rarer.

  • There are some places you just can’t walk either because of the design of roads/sidewalks or also simply because the climate is so much harsher in terms of both cold and heat. I lived in Arizona for 4 years and walking in 100+ degrees outside just wasn’t on the agenda.


One aspect of this that isn’t publicized nearly as much as it should be is that, in the US at least, foods have WAY more added sugar than they did in, say, the 1970s. Even foods you wouldn’t expect to find sugar in.


Newly published research from BYU exercise science researchers reveals critical, rare data detailing the severity of the obesity epidemic in the United States.

The article, published in the Journal of Obesity, looked at the long-term weight gain of more than 13,800 U.S. adults — a rare data point unearthed in obesity research. They found that more than half of American adults in the study gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period. What’s more, more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight and almost a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.

“The U.S. obesity epidemic is not slowing down,” said study lead author Larry Tucker, a BYU professor of exercise science. “Without question, 10-year weight gain is a serious problem within the U.S. adult population.”

Study participants were selected randomly as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an annual survey that examines a nationally representative sample. NHANES is a CDC-sponsored series of studies that began in the early 1960s and became a continuous program in 1999.


I'm 33 and I'm making the strongest effort I've ever had at losing weight. Its insane rewinding all the bad habits and tendencies that have been formed since I was a child. I have nothing but empathy and sympathy for people struggling with obesity. It's such a massively difficult addiction to overcome.


We need a lean, educated country. We are far from that.


The direct economic costs of obesity are estimated to be north of $150 billion in the US, with a sizable fraction being paid by Medicaid.

It’s a massive issue.


I lost a bunch of weight and started lifting weights a couple years ago. I thought “once I reach my goal I’ll be able to pay less attention to what I eat.”


There are too many food land mines in the US food chain. To stay in shape is a forever diet.


Most obese people don't even think they are obese.

A body mass index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight, and over 30 is obese.

I was 5'10" and 200lbs and out of shape. That's a BMI of 28.7

I see people my height that are bigger than I was on a daily basis. How many of them would think they are obese?


Ironic that the ad i got for this thread was grubhub

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