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According to Mercola.com, in 2014, the obesity rate among American adults hit 38 percent — a 3 percent increase from 2012. In 2004, about 32 percent of adults fell in the obese category.
While many still consider obesity primarily a cosmetic issue, the health ramifications of obesity are significant. The fact that 1 in 5 U.S. deaths is now related to obesity really drives home that point.
Researchers looking at obesity rates around the world note that for the first time in history obese people now outnumber those who are underweight. Obesity rates have dramatically increased around the globe over the past four decades, and according to this study.
641 million people were obese in 2014, compared to 105 million in 1975. A total of 55 million are now morbidly obese.
In that time frame, obesity tripled among men and doubled among women, while the number of people who are underweight slightly decreased, from about 14 percent in 1975 to about 9 percent in 2014.
By 2025, an estimated 20 percent of the global adult population, 40 percent of British and nearly 45 percent of American adults will be obese.
These statistics are staggering, to say the least. To think there are more overweight people than underweight people in the world is frightening. The good news is we do offer solutions to obesity. Not only can we reverse obesity with some dietary suggestions, we can stop the progression or even reverse obesity-related disease. For more information on weight loss, managing chronic illness, and reversing disease with diet, please contact Dr. Scott Denny’s Davie, Pompano or Boca Raton acupuncture and integrative medicine practice for a complimentary consultation.