So why are more than 1 out of 3 Americans suffering from obesity?
The US obesity prevalence was 41.9% in 2017 – March 2020. (NHANES, 2021)
From 1999 –2000 through 2017 –March 2020, US obesity prevalence increased from 30.5% to 41.9%. During the same time, the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. (NHANES, 2021)
US obesity rates on the rise: 113 million by 2022
By Marie Ellis on September 3, 2013
The US has been called out in the past for having the most obese population. And based on a new report, which estimates that the US will hold the highest population of overweight people in 2022, it looks like tackling obesity will be an important issue over the next decade.
The report, compiled by researchers at GlobalData, was created using data and information from several databases, as well as in-house analysis by industry experts.
Looking specifically at nine major countries (US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Japan, Brazil and Canada), the report indicates that the current number of obese people in those areas will increase from 167 million in 2012 to 213 million in 2022, putting a strain on health services.
Then focusing on the US, researchers indicate that Americans will most be affected by obesity, with 81 million expected to be overweight and 113 million obese by 2022.
A recent report from July 2013 showed that the US passed the obesity rates crown to Mexico, moving into second place for most obese nation.
Researchers estimate that Brazil will trail the US in 2022, with 64 million overweight and 26 million obese.
According to the report, nearly 2.8 million people worldwide die each year as a result of obesity and the conditions it causes.