Almost 2 million (1.9) people worldwide are now obese (Facts...) and 35.7 % in the United States are classified obese (Overweight...). Obesity is unhealthy for humans and causes many other bad health conditions to occur.In fact, there have been some positive signs that Americans are changing the way they eat. The researchers concluded that these changes in energy intake were independent from economic conditions or food prices, and public health efforts were likely to have helped. (And, to be clear, that doesn’t mean gorging on junk food won’t make you overweight.) Still, despite recent findings, there is still work to be done about the foods Americans eat.
Plus, many people turn to food as a source of comfort when they feel stressed or unhappy, Burguera said.
Americans’ stress levels are actually trending downward, with adults ranking their mean stress levels at 4.9 on a 10-point scale in 2014, down from 6.2 in 2007, according to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey.
Those with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese. A newer study from Cornell also found that consuming specific high-calorie or high-sugar foods isn’t related to BMI in 95% of the population; in fact, morbidly obese people actually eat fewer sweet and salty snacks than average-weight individuals, though they do eat more french fries.
Experts said the survey’s results indicate that many factors are contributing to Americans’ obesity, and they don’t all have to do with food. They concluded that overall diet, including calories from grains, oils and dairy fats, combined with physical exercise and portion control, mattered much more than targeting specific foods.
Beyond food, there are several other factors at play. Exercise Americans are much more sedentary than in the past, Burguera said; a lot of people go an entire day without burning many calories. You just have a meeting through the Internet,” Burguera said.
“Before you get home, you stop at a drive-through restaurant, then you continue to answer emails from your bed.” In fact, less than half of adults met federal guidelines for physical activity in 2014, with white adults slightly outperforming those who are black and Hispanic.Those with lower incomes also may have less information about healthy eating, as well as less access to care for issues related to being overweight.People who don’t have health insurance often can’t afford to see a medical weight-loss specialist, Lofton said.Communities should work to build safe play areas for children, Burguera said, and those in the medical profession should increase their efforts to inform the public about the health risks associated with weight gain.Lofton also said she would like to see changes in the ways certain foods are marketed, including clearer nutrition labeling that is easier to understand. Nearly 40% of adults and more than 17% of youth in the U. were obese between 20; 10 years before, about 32% of adults and 17% of youth (the same as last year) were obese. isn’t going away anytime soon, according to new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.Although the new data didn't represent a statistically significant increase from the last time the survey was conducted, from 2011 to 2012, it shows obesity remains prevalent among both adults and children, despite recent efforts to fight the issue. I was not expecting this,” said Bartolome Burguera, an endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute.“It’s a very important wake-up call.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define obesity in terms of body-mass index (BMI).Because of spending later hours using devices like smartphones and tablets that disrupt the sleep cycle, plus increased stress, sleep has become a factor in the fight against obesity.Not getting enough sleep affects hormone levels that increase hunger, Burguera added, and those who are lacking in quality sleep may also be less likely to have the energy to exercise. S., 40% of adults sleep less than seven hours a night, according to a Gallup poll in 2013.