Published on: July 21, 2008The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said last week that 25.6 percent of Americans are clinically obese, up from 24 percent in 2005. This despite the fact that there has been enormous attention paid to the nation’s burgeoning waistline over the past few years.
The fattest states in the US, according to the CDC: Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, with 30 percent of adults there said to be obese.
The slimmest: Colorado, where just 18.7 percent of people are obese.
- KC's View:
- One has to wonder why, with all the attention paid to the nation’s obesity problems over the past few years, why the numbers keep getting worse.
Is it because all the various initiatives that have been launched haven't had enough time to be effective?
Is it because people are making ill-informed decisions about how to address their weight problems?
Is it because the food industry isn’t doing enough to inform and assist its consumers to lose weight?
Is it because consumers really want a magic bullet that will solve their weight problems without them actually having to do any work?
Is it because Americans simply don't give a damn?
Or some combination of the above.
Next steps have to depend on how we evaluate the process to this point.