We Americans are Fat and Getting Fatter

Male abdominal obesity.

We Americans are fat. Really fat. Disgustingly fat and getting fatter and fatter. In 2011, more than two/thirds of American adults were overweight. That’s about sixty-six percent. (Up from sixty-one percent in 2001).

You see it everyday. We are porked up. As a nation, we are carrying an extra four and half billion pounds of flab. And it’s killing us. Literally. 110,000 Americans are being killed by obesity each year says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This information is from this report — F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 — by the highly respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Warning: after I read this report, I almost gave up eating. (But I didn’t). The intro says it all:

Obesity is one of the most challenging health crises the country has ever faced. Two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight, putting them at increased risk for more than 20 major diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s not just our health that is suffering: obesity-related medical costs and a less productive workforce are hampering America’s ability to compete in the global economy.

Worse the trend line continues upward, if that is possible. This is the eighth annual F As In Fat report issued and each year the number of Americans who are obese continues to grow. (Excuse the pun.)

[Source: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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