Overweight and obesity are both serious problems in the United States today, and they are becoming increasingly bigger problems in other countries of the world as well. But a recent study has shown that despite many efforts from the government and private organizations to reduce overweight and obesity levels in the United States, obesity has risen in women. As a side note, levels have seemed to stay the same for men in the United States.
These recent findings have shown that first of all, both overweight and obesity levels are way too high to begin with in the United States. 40 percent of American women and 35 percent of American men are obese. In addition, a whopping 17 percent of children and youths are considered obese.
In recent years, however, one study has looked particularly at adult trends. The parameters of the study go from 2005 to 2014. The data was taken from 2800 women and 2600 men. During this nine year period, statistics show that obesity has increased in women by 5%. But the level of obesity in men has stayed the same. For children and teens, the recent study has shown that a small increase can be seen, but mostly, things have stayed the same.
If you are overweight or obese, nutrition and fitness experts recommend a healthy diet full of dietary fiber, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and plenty of water. You should be getting at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise 5 to 6 times per week.