Americans do not stop gaining weight. That worrying conclusion is the one that throws the most recent study on the subject made by health authorities in the United States, according to The New York Times, based on the National Survey of Health and Nutrition. Five doctors set out to analyze the survey data and found that, despite efforts to promote healthy lifestyles, more and more Americans are overweight.
Among people from 2 to 19 years old the statistics are not so alarming yet. When comparing the figures collected between 2007 and 2008 with those obtained between 2015 and 2016 -the most recent-, the increase in overweight was only 1.7%: in the first period, 16.8% of the surveyed population fit into the obesity standard and, in the second period, 18.5% corresponded to that criterion. With severe obesity, the rate went from 4.9% to 5.6%.
In Americans over 20, the numbers are not so encouraging. While in 2007 33.7% of the surveyed population was reported as overweight, nine years later the figure reached almost 40%. The problem is more noticeable in people over 40 and, by a short gap, in women than in men. Severe obesity went from 5.7% to 7.7% and, again, the problem is accentuated in women and in people over 40 years of age.
“Public health experts said they were alarmed by the steady increase in adult obesity, and by the fact that efforts to educate people about the risks that poor diets imply for their health do not seem to be working, ” he said. The New York Times. If the National Survey was right in its estimates, some 127 million Americans suffer from overweight.
The American newspaper recalled that, in the recent Nafta negotiations, the Trump government has rules that favor large food companies. That way, it would limit the ability of the United States, Canada and Mexico to demand visible labels on food packages that warn of the health risks that come with sugars and fats.
In the United States, this problem has grown so much that it has even affected domestic animals. Last year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that over the past decade, overweight dogs increased by 158%. And the cats, 169%. That is, one in three pets. The reason? Among others, that people have become accustomed to seeing obese animals.