74% of American men are overweight or Obese
About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said in the June 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey explain:
"Obesity is not getting better. It's getting worse, and it's really scary. It's not looking pretty."
According to a new report published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), it's hit an all-time high: more US adults are obese in this country than those who are overweight.
Adding to this eye-opening statistic is that the majority of all US adults are either obese or overweight: two-thirds of adult women and three-quarters of adult men, to be exact.
To determine these numbers, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine looked at data gathered between 2007 and 2012 from an ongoing study performed by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which involved 15,000 men and women over the age of 25. Based on these findings, researchers estimate that 36 million men and 29 million women are overweight, while 32 million men and 36 million women are obese.
Being obese or overweight is linked to multiple health risks, which include susceptibility to certain cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
"This generation of Americans is the first that will have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation, and obesity is one of the biggest contributors to this shortened life expectancy because it is driving a lot of chronic health conditions."
said Dr. Elliott Antman, president of the American Heart Association.