Obesity Statistics: Unpleasant for the United States
Posted Jul 09 2009 10:02pm
Photo Credit: Kyle May
This can’t be? A report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America” released obesity statistics for 2008.
What You Need to Know:
Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in 2008
The percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30% in 30 states
Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20%. In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15%. Sixteen states experienced an increase for the second year in a row, and 11 states experienced an increase for the third straight year.
As far as I’m concerned, as fitness professionals we are FAILING. It’s not for the lack of trying or effort. But the cause isn’t just adults. There’s a very good interview with Jack LaLanne called Blazing Trails.
Let me leave you with what Jack said…
On one hand, I’m very encouraged by the number of people exercising today. There are more people exercising than I’ve ever seen before. On the other hand, there are more fat people today than ever before in our nation’s history. Our message isn’t reaching as many people as it needs to. We should be talking to kids in kindergarten and first grade. We should be teaching them about physical activity and nutrition. It’s just as important for developing their brains as is reading, writing and arithmetic. ~ Jack LaLanne
What Can You Do About It?
If you’ve got children, talk to them. Learn how to read a nutrition label. It’s great adults want to become healthy but if childhood obesity is already at 30%, those statistics will only rise.