Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bulge in Obesity Adults Aren't Taking the Health Threat Seriously

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bulge in Obesity Adults Aren't Taking the Health Threat Seriously

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Market researchers have estimated that Americans spend more than $60 billion a year on gym memberships, exercise equipment, weight- loss programs and other diet aids. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest they've been wasting their money.

Despite an intensive effort on the part of the agency, along with doctors, health insurers, employers and, yes, spouses, the proportion of American adults who are obese keeps going up. According to the latest two-year figures from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 37.7 percent of adults in the country in 2013 and 2014 had a body mass index of 30 or higher.

The prevalence of obesity was greater among women than men (38.3 percent versus 34.3 percent), and the most alarming rates were found among minorities. According to the study, 56. …

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