One-third of all Americans are now obese according to the American Public Health Association. According to the study, Americans are gaining weight and are less active than ever before. Last year the obesity rate of adults in the United States increased from 27.6% to 29.4%.There has been an increase in obesity rates while at the same time a significant decline in adults activity levels. The study shows nearly 24% of adults have not exercised in the past 30 days.
Obesity is a serious health concern tied to many chronic and costly diseases. The good news … while obesity and its related health issues are serious, they are, in many cases, also preventable and reversible. High blood pressure and diabetes are among the few diseases that are directly correlated to diet and exercise. Those impacted by these diseases are encouraged to increase their activity level and boost their consumption of fruits and vegetables along with eating more lean meats. Read the full story and to see how your state ranked on the health scale.