Americans Weigh At Least 15 Pounds More Today Than 20 Years Ago: Study

Posted: Aug 6 2016, 5:28am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 8 2016, 9:33pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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Americans Weigh at least 15 Pounds More Today Than 20 Years Ago: Study
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CDC report says average American weight has increased alarmingly over just two decades.

American just could not stop getting heavier. According to a new report, the average American weight has increased by about 15 pounds over just two decades and this figures does not come as a surprise since people are unable to improve their eating habits and physical fitness.

“A 15- to 16-pound weight gain is fairly significant and typically would be consistent with a couple of points increase in body mass index,” said Anthony Comuzzie from Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.

“From a practical point, the average weight gain means that someone who was on the high end of normal weight would have likely moved into the overweight category and those at high end of the overweight category would have likely moved into the obese category.”

Body Mass Index or BMI measures your body fat based on your height and weight and helps identify which category of weight you fall into, such as normal, obese and overweight.

The research was conducted by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is based on the data analysis of more than 19,000 people across U.S.. Report says that the average weight of men in United States has jumped from 181 pounds to 196 pounds in the past 20 years while average height remained almost the same at 5.9 inches.

The average woman's weight also underwent a considerable change. The average weight of woman has climbed from 152 pounds to 169 pounds over the same period while their average height is just less than 5.4 inches, indicating people are only getting heavier but not taller since 1994.

Despite investing a lot of money and effort in research, U.S. obesity epidemic continues to worsen. It suggests that health authorities need to step up their efforts at national; state and local levels and should encourage people to lose weight.

“We are not doing enough to control and reverse the obesity epidemic and doing far too much to propagate it. This is another notice for that sad fact.” Dr. David Katz from Yale University Prevention Research Center said.

A complex array of factors is responsible for this increase in weight. When we eat a lot of high calorie food and do little to burn it, it will logically end up in gaining weight and will make people more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, cancers, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Commuzie says. “By at the end of the day, it is still fairly basic physics: if energy consumed is greater than energy expanded, then there will be a gain in weight.”

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