While you may have shed a few pounds by successfully -- and bravely -- cutting back on ordering pizza to just twice a week, an alarming new report from federal officials finds that Americans keep getting fatter and fatter, not skinnier.
A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) finds that despite widespread efforts to lower the obesity rate in recent years, the rate among American adults has actually increased to 38%, up from 35% three years ago and 32% a decade ago, according to a report from the Associated Press. Additionally, the findings suggest that the obesity rate among women has overtaken that among men, at 38% and 34%, respectively.
The new report is particularly troubling because some experts had believed that America's terrifying obesity rate -- one of the nation's top health problems -- had finally leveled off in recent years, according to the AP. Somewhere, Michelle Obama is shaking her head in disappointment.
“The trend is very unfortunate and very disappointing,” Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, told The New York Times. “Everybody was hoping that with the decline in sugar and soda consumption, that we’d start seeing a leveling off of adult obesity.”
However, the obesity rate among children ages 2 to 19 remained the same at 17%. The new figures are based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is regarded as the gold standard for measuring America's weight problems, per the reports.
So, as much as it pains us to say it, you might want to put down that cheeseburger. And don't even think about touching that donut.
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