40% of American adults are obese, a sharp increase from a decade earlier and a record high. according to federal health officials.
A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) sampling
of 27,449 adults with a BMI between 30 and 40 found that among
those aged 20 years and older, obesity went from 33.7% in 2007-2008 to 39.6% in 2015-2016. Severe obesity - those with a BMI above 40, jumped from 5.7% to 7.7% over the same period.
Now what could be the reason behind all this? Could it be the disappearance of home cooking?
While the latest survey data do not explain why Americans continue to
get heavier, nutritionists and other experts cite lifestyle, genetics
and, most importantly, a poor diet as factors. U.S. fast-food sales rose 22.7 percent from 2012-2017, according to Euromonitor, while packaged-food sales rose 8.8 percent. -Miami Herald
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