Obesity Facts; over one third of the adults were considered obese in the US in 2007-08. Obesity is defined as a body Max Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. To check your BMI clink the link. Another 34% of the population is overweight, which is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9. So roughly 68% of adults in the US need to lose weight.

Childhood Obesity Facts; over seventeen percent of children ages 2 through 19 were obese in 2007 to 2008 and more then 32% of the children in the US are overweight.

But there is some good news. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the quick obesity growth rates of the ‘80s and ‘90s are slowing for women and men. The statistics are showing that obesity rates for men rose to 32% in 2007-08 from 27% in 1999-2000, but most of the growth was in the early years of the 2000’s. The director of the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity said “I see this as relatively good news”; “it suggests we’ve halted the progression of the epidemic”

One concerning statistic is that obesity rates in boys is still trending upward. Unfortunately, overweight boys are getting even heavier.

The statistics for this article was reported by the Wall Street Journal back in January of 2010.

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