Researchers have seen a steady increase in obesity over the past twenty years, but recent statistics suggest these numbers are leveling off – this may sound like good news, but experts report it actually proves that all these efforts toward preventive health care are simply not effective.
In the 1980s and 90s, there was a significant rise in obesity – year after year. From 2000 to 2010, obesity rates have only risen a little more than 6 percent. Unless these numbers begin to miraculously decline, researchers say this trend is suggesting that we may have reached a saturation point – being overweight and obese has become the norm.
One expert believes that at this point, “…obesity will continue to confer significant medical, psychosocial and economic consequences for our country.” All these preventive health efforts are the right idea, but without time and energy spent toward changing attitudes – teaching people take responsibility for themselves – it may never work. Just like with smoking and other addictions, people have to want to change and want to take responsibility for themselves. Without that effort, nothing else matters.
The Journal of the American Medical Association released these statistics:
- Today, 69% of adults in the USA are either overweight or obese – up from 64.5% in 2000
- Approximately 42% of women over 60 were obese in 2010 compared to 32% of women aged 20 to 39
- In 2010, 31.8% of kids and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, were obese or overweight