The cure to the problem that is obesity is pretty simple. You just take in fewer calories than you burn every day. However, although the cure is rather simple, the problem of obesity is not a trivial one in America.
Obesity in America has emerged as a huge problem in the recent years, so far as to be viewed as an epidemic. According to Heart.org, almost 78 million adults and 13 million children in the United States are suffering from obesity.
A recent report released in 2014 entitled The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America shows how obesity rates of different American states have changed from 1990 to 2014.
Here below is the state by state obesity rate of adults in America as of 2014 in a single graph. For the detailed inspection of change in obesity rates for the past 25 years, refer to the original report.
Back in 1990, Mississippi was the fattest state in U.S. with an obesity rate of 15 percent. All the other states had lower obesity rate. However in 2014, things have changed drastically. There’s not a single state which has obesity rate below 15 percent. In fact, in 22 U.S. states, the obesity rate is 30 percent or higher.
Obesity rates are now above 35 percent in three of the American states. Arkansas is the most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 35.9 percent. West Virginia comes next with an obesity rate of 35.7 percent while Mississippi is the third most obese American state at 35.5 percent.
The obesity rates are below 25 percent in only seven of the states. They are Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Vermont and Utah. The three of the least obese American states are Colorado, District of Columbia and Hawaii. Colorado is the least obese American state with an obesity rate of 21.3 percent. District of Columbia comes second at 21.7 percent while Hawaii comes next at 22.1 percent.
When it comes to causes, there are various factors involved. Some of the major causes are genetics, overeating, high carbs in diet, slow metabolism and physical inactivity. One particular study even attributed the cause of obesity to excessive binge-watching on streaming media such as Netflix, which over half of Americans use to stream movies and TV shows.
Obesity is a serious problem that can affect different parts of the body and lead to different forms of illnesses. These health problems can be acute and chronic. Some of the effects of obesity are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart attack and coronary heart diseases.
However, obesity is something that can be prevented as well as cured. The solution is pretty elementary as stated already in the article i.e. to take fewer calories than you can burn. There are two aspects of this solution- diet and exercise.
For the ‘diet’ aspect, you have to have frequent meals, eat lots of fruits, eat green leafy vegetables, cut sugar intake and drink lots of water. And, for the ‘exercise’ aspect of the solution, some of the best exercises to get rid of fat are lower ab sequence, inverted rows, barbell back squats, pull ups and leg curls.
Featured photo credit: America’s Fattest States via forbes.com