In the U.S. people are seeing an expansion in the rates of adults who are obese or overweight. The country is still at the top position among the world’s heaviest countries.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some countries are also facing the growing problem of obesity, but the worse problem in some states more than others. Researchers found that in the U.S., more than seven out of every 10 adults or older are either overweight or obese. Around 20 percent children aged 6 to 19 are suffered from obesity. The results come from 2014.
According to the Campaign to End Obesity, if the U.S. continues to grow the obesity rate, above 50 percent of adults will be obese by 2030. It will ultimately affect the economic growth rate of the U.S. as the country spends almost $200 billion per year on obesity-related healthcare costs. The National Institute of Health has revealed that lack of exercise can be the cause of obesity.
The highest amounts of overweight adults were found in New Jersey, Nevada, Montana, Alaska, and Florida. The states with the highest percentage of obese adults were Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.
A professor of health policy and management at Emory Univers9ity in Georgia said, “Since 1975, the prevalence of obesity worldwide has nearly tripled.” “It’s also the leading cause of preventable mortality, because obesity leads to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other diseases.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggested the childhood obesity prevention is necessary. It also states that a community-based involvement needs to be supported by appropriate government structures and policies.