12 May 2015
Obesity in the United States - a growing problem
We all know that Americans tend to be overweight, but to appreciate the extent of the problem you need to view the data at The State of Obesity.
At the top image I've embedded a screencap, but at the link the map and graph are interactive - for example, you can mouse over a state to highlight its individual line on the graph. They all go up, but note the degree of change: in 2013 the least obese state is more obese than the most obese state was in 1990.
The next thing you can do (at the original link) is access the timeline at the bottom and click back. If you go as far as 1990, you will see this national map:
If this change had happened between say 1880 and 2013, one might just brush it off as "this modern world," but 1990 was not that long ago - within the lifetime of virtually every reader here. The criteria haven't changed - just our dietary habits and our sedentary behavior. It's sad and somewhat scary in terms of the public health (and finance) implications. And I'm sure this phenomenon isn't limited to the U.S.