U.S. obesity rates hit new record high — 39% of adults

In October 2017, the CDC reported that 39.8% of adults were obese. That’s 4 out of every 10 adult Americans. Out of those adults, obesity was more prevalent among those aged 40-59 compared to those aged 20-39.

In general, women had a higher prevalence of obesity than men. The CDC also divided their data into four major groups by race, as seen in the chart below.

From 1999 through 2017, researchers have observed an increasing trend in obesity. The prevalence of obesity has gone from 31.5% to 39.6% in adults, and from 13.9% to 18.5% in youth.

This is troubling because those who are obese or overweight are more likely to suffer from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Being overweight or obese is also associated with at least 13 types of cancer, like cancers of the thyroid, gallbladder, upper stomach, liver, pancreas, kidneys, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum, breast in post-menopausal women, myeloma, a cancer of blood cells, meningioma, cancer in the brain and spinal cord, and a type of cancer of the esophagus.

Besides exercising more, diets that may counteract the growing obesity rates include those that are lower in carbs and refined sugars, higher in fiber, and include protein shakes to replace one to two meals a day.

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