Why Are Americans More Obese Than Others

New US health report : Americans are getting fatter

First Lady Michel Obama personally declared war on the weight of the Americans, but the population in America is getting bigger and bigger. That was the result of the National Nutrition and Health Report published by the New York Times. The numbers again show a significant increase. 38 percent of Americans were severely overweight in 2013 and 2014. Ten years earlier it was only 32 percent.

Nutrition experts call the trend frustrating

The American health authorities had actually expected an improvement. Numerous campaigns had contributed to the steady decline in the consumption of sweets and sugary lemonades in recent years. But not so the Americans themselves.

"The trend is unfortunate and very frustrating," said nutrition expert Marion Nestle of the newspaper. "Everyone was hoping that less sugar and soft drinks would lower the level."

It is noticeable that mainly minorities are affected by obesity. At 57 percent, Afro-American women are the "strongest" group.

Kelly D. Brownell of Duke University in North Carolina is also to blame for the ubiquitous and cheap fast food. He advocates introducing a "lemonade tax" to reduce the attractiveness of sweet drinks. And says: "Too much and too cheap junk food. We just don't do enough about it. Now the alarm lights are really going on."

There is also apparently a big difference between the various levels of education. Researchers at Harvard University found that Americans' eating habits are much healthier than they used to be, but that only applies to high-income earners and academics. The others would continue to resort to cheap, often unhealthy ready-to-eat meals.

Obesity is also a matter of rich and poor

Walter Willett, a professor at Harvard University, criticizes that the averages of the National Nutrition and Health Report neglect an important detail. Also, when it comes to obesity, "there is a huge difference between rich and poor".

According to the World Health Organization, people with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30 are considered overweight and those with a BMI of more than 30 are considered obese. The BMI is obtained by dividing your weight by your height squared.

Those affected often suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart failure, fatty liver and joint problems. The likelihood of developing certain types of cancer is also increasing. When those affected are marginalized, the psyche often suffers.

The USA can at least report small successes

But the Americans can report a small success. Thanks to healthier food and the ban on sugary drinks from school canteens, the number of very overweight children has remained constant in recent years.

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