Between 2011 and 2012 (the latest aggregate national data available):
- 34.9% of adults were obese with 68.6% of adults eith overweight or obese.
- ~17% of children and teenagers (ages 2-9) were obese. 31.8% were either overweight or obese.
- Individuals with lower income and/or education levels were disproportionately more likely to be obese. 33%+ of adults earning < $15k/year were obese compared with 24.6% of those who earned $50k+/year.
- 80% of American adults do not meet the government's physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening. 60% of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. Sedentary adults pay $1.5k more annually in healthcare costs than physically active adults.
More recent state data (released September 2015) indicate that the rates of obesity:
- exceed 35% in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi);
- 22 states have rates above 30%;
- 45 states are above 25%;
- every one of the 50 states is above 20%;
- Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9%; and,
- Colorado has the lowest at 21.3%.
The Motley Monk has been and continues to be highly critical of "Let's Move!", First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to federalize the "war on obesity" by directing taxpayer $$$s to the public schools through the U.S. Departments of Education, Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration, among other federal agencies (the "Food Police"). The goal is for the feds to dictate to parents how to feed their children and, if parents don't get with the program, the feds will feed those children what the feds want them to eat and ban from store shelves what the feds don't want them to eat. In the end, none of those efforts will prove to be efficacious because they do not address the source of the so-called "obesity epidemic," namely, the lack of adequate parenting. Those programs only provide "cover" for it.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the 2015 The State of Obesity report, click on the following link: