WHY ARE AMERICANS OBESE?

Posted by AAIP News on 03/10/2015

WHY ARE AMERICANS OBESE?

To understand the true size of the American obesity epidemic, we first need to understand what it really means to be overweight. Generally, doctors and nutritionists classify people as either underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. These different classifications are determined by body mass index (BMI), or the percentage of fat an individual has on his or her body. To get a basic idea, this chart from the CDC approximates what that means for someone who is 5’9” tall.

HeightWeight RangeBMIConsidered
Source: CDC
5′ 9″ 124 lbs or less Below 18.5 Underweight
  125 lbs to 168 lbs 18.5 to 24.9 Healthy weight
  169 lbs to 202 lbs 25.0 to 29.9 Overweight
  203 lbs or more 30 or higher Obese

As for what is driving America’s chronic weight problem, there are no definite answers. Scientific studies often reach conflicting conclusions, meaning many theories are out there, but the preponderance of evidence points to the two causes most people already suspect: too much food and too little exercise.

 

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