Friday, July 18, 2008

It is Official . . .

Well the CDC released its annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey results yesterday and it seems that Americans are getting fatter (AGAIN this year). The survey found that 25.6% of all Americans are technically obese (the survey data is based on BMIs so remember that the figure also includes otherwise-skinny-but-extremely-pregnant-women and all muscle-bound strong people too).

27.7% of my fellow Kansans join me in the obese category (I am simply obese now vs. morbidly obese, I'm happy to say) and 21.7% of the people of the great Nutmeg state (Connecticut) are obese.

The report did not really get too much in to the blame game but here are some highlights from an article on the study in today's Wichita Eagle:

- The CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, said 15.3 percent of American adults were obese in 1995; in 2005, 23.9 percent were. Now, it's 25.6 percent.

- Obesity rates are lowest among those ages 18 to 29 and highest among those 50 to 59. By race, 24.5 percent of whites, 28.5 percent of Hispanics and 35.8 percent of blacks are obese. Rates are lowest among college graduates and highest in those who don't have a high school diploma.

- The CDC's William Dietz said, "We need to step up our efforts at the national, state and local levels. We need to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables, engage in more physical activity and reduce the consumption of high-calorie foods and sugar-sweetened beverages."

With that in mind - Joy and I are pledged to go to the gym Saturday and Sunday mornings this week (congratulatory gifts are welcome and encouraged (smile)).

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