According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are now considered to be obese. That is 34.9% of the population, or 78.6 million Americans. 47.8% of non-Hispanic Blacks are obese, and 42.5% of Hispanics. 32.6% of non-Hispanic Whites are obese. And, 17% of American children age 2 to 19 are obese.
People who maintain a normal body weight are positively impacting their overall health. As a person’s weight increases, the prevalence of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and of metabolic syndrome increase. Other ways in which excess weigh affects health include:
- Increases LDL or low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol)
- Lowers HDL or high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol)
- Affects joints and mobility
- Can cause gall bladder disease
- Can cause sleep apnea and other respiratory problems
- Can impact some cancers