Americans are getting fatter at faster rates in more parts of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) study on Monday and as expected the continuous telephone survey of adults in the United States found a higher level of fat people.
While the study also focuses on smoking, heart disease, asthma, immunization acceptance and other issues the obesity epidemic has put a lot of focus on the study’s findings comparing today’s obese citizens to five year intervals dating back to 1985.
The study’s current data shows that a significant proportion of the U.S. population is now obese, not just overweight. According to the report:
[O]besity prevalence ranged from 20.7% in Colorado to 34.9% in Mississippi in 2011. No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. 39 states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states had a prevalence of 30% or more: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
The study showcases 2010 numbers compared to years past because the CDC for 2011 changed its methodology for determining obesity which in turn makes it hard to compare when examining years past.
Take a look at the 1985 weight study:
Now compare that study to 2010 and notice the huge difference in obesity reported cases:
Obesity leads to a higher level of hospitalization, more outpatient procedures and various conditions that require constant monitoring and medication, at this rate we should be able to drown our economy with burgers and fried foods, that is if America doesn’t simply sink into the ocean under its own weight.
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