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More People Obese Than Overweight in the US

More People Obese Than Overweight in the US

In the 1960s, the Detroit Lion’s Roger Brown was the NFL’s first regular player to weigh 300 pounds. In 2014, when 256 players entered the league, 57 weighed in at 300 or more! That trend mirrors the ever-increasing weight of all Americans. This year for the first time, according to a study published in JAMA there are more obese people in the US than those who are simply overweight!

The repercussions are huge for obese individuals who have to battle heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, impotence and self-esteem issues. And as a society, we face the burgeoning health costs due to these chronic conditions. Clearly, it’s time to take to take steps to reverse this trend. Here’s what can help.

  1. Ban high fructose corn syrup in our food supply, just as the FDA did for trans fats. (You can ban it from your diet now.)
  2. Develop alternatives to hormone-disrupting chemicals used in everything from shampoos to receipts and plastics. (Wash your hands after touching receipts.)
  3. Limit the use of antibiotics in the food supply. They alter gut bacteria, tip the scales in favor of weight gain and increase the likelihood of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  4. Set up programs to help obese adults get the support they need to start and stick with a lifestyle do-over.
  5. If you are overweight, start a walking routine. Aim for 10,000 steps a day and get the family involved too! If you have kids, make sure they enjoy at least two hours of active playtime daily.

Medically reviewed in July 2019.

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