According to a report recently released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of obese adults in this country has remained unchanged, with over one in three carrying excess weight. Despite increased awareness about the condition and multiple public health campaigns promoting healthier lifestyles, the country as a whole does not seem to be heeding the warnings about the risks of being obese, according to the government agency.
The CDC report found that 35 percent of American adults are obese, defined as an individual having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30.
In an interview with HealthDay News, Rachel Johnson, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, said that the CDC report shows that health educators still have a lot of work to do to lessen the epidemic. She noted that weight-loss surgery, the most common remedy to fight obesity, has been largely ineffective with dealing with the issue on a large scale. In addition, Johnson said that public health officials should do a better job in limiting the widespread availability of cheap, high-calorie foods.
"My view is that we have to start making some pretty major environmental changes so we make the healthy choice the easy choice," Johnson told the source. "We've got to move beyond the idea that it's all about personal choice and education, and we need to start making these environmental changes."
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