U.S. Adult and Childhood Obesity Rates Stay the Same

Jan 30, 2012
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In the past few years we have seen a big push for the lowering of adult and childhood obesity rates. With the launch of several national campaigns focusing on the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity, one might assume that these programs are having a great affect on the rates of obesity in this country. A recent New York Times article states that this is in fact not the case.

Early last week, the New York Times released an article stating that United States adult and childhood obesity rates have not been on the decline but have relatively stayed unchanged during over the past decade. This might leave some of us asking “are these national efforts at all affective in lowering obesity rates?” According recent data gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.7% of the adult and 16.9% of child population qualify as obese.

“We’re by no means through the epidemic,” said Dr. David Ludwig, who is the director of the childhood obesity program at Children’s Hospital in Boston. “Children will be entering adulthood heavier than they’ve ever been at any time in human history. Even without further increases in prevalence, the impact of the epidemic will continue to mount for many years to come.”

Though the exact cause of this lack of change in obesity rates is uncertain, some speculate that some sort of biological saturation point (in terms of obesity) has been reached by the population and that those that are most vulnerable have already become obese. Perhaps in another decade or two we will have an answer.

Author: Tamika Jones

  • BobLujano

    Obesity is not only hereditary but behavior is also taught by parents to children. Please try to keep kids as active as they can. Join them in activites so the whole family can benefit.