Obesity has become an increasingly serious public health issue in the United States. According to recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three adults and one in every six children are now considered obese, with little change since twelve years ago. With obesity being linked to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers, it is clear that these statistics cannot be ignored.
Sadly, research has shown that obese children are likely to remain obese into adulthood and that men have caught up to women in terms of the prevalence of obesity. Furthermore, the average body mass index (BMI) of American adults stands at 28.7, demonstrating a general trend toward unhealthy weight gain.
Clearly something must be done to reverse this worrying trend. We must not simply accept these statistics – but instead, take steps to reduce them and ensure the long-term health of our population. It is through collaborative action between government agencies, healthcare providers, schools, and individuals that we can make progress on this important issue. Let us all commit ourselves to making a difference and breaking this cycle.