While worries over the economy and the wars we are conducting around the world dominate our consciousness, we continue to lose a battle on a different front. American waistlines are continuing the dangerous trend of expansion.
Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and there’s no end in sight to this dangerous trend. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 25.6 percent of Americans were obese. But in 2008, it crept up to 26.1 percent.
There are six states that can dubiously boast the fact that over 30 percent of their citizens are obese: Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Colorado is the only state in which less than 20 percent of its citizens are not obese.
“If this trend continues we will likely see increases in health care costs for obesity-related diseases,” said the CDC’s Liping Pan, who headed the study.
Well, yeah, that’s pretty much stating the obvious.
The most fascinating part of this phenomenon to me is, where is the breaking point? It’s certainly not sustainable. So where does it get to that point? Is it half of our population obese? More? Let’s hope we don’t have to test those boundaries.
July 13th, 2009