Obesity in the US: A Bloating Problem

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Obesity in the US Name of Student School Current statistics say that more than 1 billion adults worldwide are overweight, 300 million being clinically obese and at risk for serious diseases (Senauer & Gemma, 2006). The US topped the world list of developed countries with 30%, according to 2005 OECD ranking. Mexico, UK, Slovakia, Greece, Australia and New Zealand followed with more than 20%. At the bottom were South Korea and Japan with a shared rate of 3.2%. Current US statistics show that 66.5% of Americans have more than 25 BMI, indicating obesity (Senauer & Gemma) There was a dramatic increase in incidence in the past two decades and which have remained high since then (CDC, 2010). As of 2010, all the Sates had a prevalence of more than 20%, 36 of which had 25% or more. Of this number 12 had a prevalence of 30% or more (CDC). Compared with the average American with 25 or bigger BMI, the average Japanese only has 24.7 (Senauer & Gemma, 2006). The average Japanese eats 200 calories less than the average American. The average American adult male eats 2,673 calories and the average American adult female eats 1,785. Food prices may cost much more in Japan but the Japanese observe dietary and healthier eating habits. They are also far more active and perform planned physical exercise than Americans. Walking is also more habitual to them. One reason is that driving is costlier in Japan and public transportation quite convenient (Senauer & Gemma). Status of Obesity in

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