You won’t believe how much weight America has gained

You won’t believe how much weight America has gained

An alarming new report from the CDC shows we're not quite winning the battle against obesity.

America, you’re getting fat. OK, that was always the case, but things are definitely going in the wrong direction: a new study claims that we as a nation have gained an average of 15 or more pounds since hte late 1980s and early 1990s.

And yes, that applies to children as well. The study found that 11-year-old girls are seven pounds heavier even with the height not changing, while boys gained an additional 13.5 pounds — although they also gianed an inch in height, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Black Americans gained the most on average, with black women packing on an extra 22 pounds with no change in height Black men had a small change in height — one-fifth of an inch — but added 18 pounds on average.

It shows that for all the progress we’ve made in educating the public on obesity, and despite all the health warnings, and despite the fact that there has been a tremendous trend in health-food restaurants and options, we still have a long way to go in reversing the obesity epidemic.

The CDC recommends the following to combat obesity: “Healthy behaviors include a healthy diet pattern and regular physical activity. Energy balance of the number of calories consumed from foods and beverages with the number of calories the body uses for activity plays a role in preventing excess weight gain. A healthy diet pattern follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which emphasizes eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat and fat-free dairy products and drinking water. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, or a combination of both, along with 2 days of strength training per week.”

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