americans have been steadily gaining weight over the years, apparently most predominately in the south. we are eating approximately 300 more calories per day.
obesity, as defined by the centers for disease control and prevention:
according to the most recent study, 25% of new yorkers are obese. and 28.1% of texans. and holy moly, 32% of mississippians. but, there has been an early release of new information.
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the "body mass index" (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.
- An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
- An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
the rates of diabetes are rising in correspondence with rates of obesity. already, 7.8% of americans are diabetic. 1/4 of them do not know about it. AND there has been no change in the amount of physical activity that people are doing.
ergh. almost all foods include processed sugars and fats. it's actually pretty gross. we eat foods that are not foods, foods that LOOK like foods, foods that are modified to SEEM like food, but are lacking in vitamins and nutrients. it's more expensive to buy water and apples than soda and french fries and pork rinds. it's infuriating and frustrating and people are seemingly lacking in information about food.
and, on that note, how is possible that manufacturers do not have to label when food is modified? or where it comes from? i am so agitated this morning.