Current Obesity Statistics
Current statistics show that obesity rates amongst individuals in the US have remained relatively stable over the last 10 years. Meaning, little progress and little loss seems to have been attained in the battle against this epidemic which impacts society at every level. According to a new study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 8.1% of infants and toddlers, 16.9% of 2- to 19-year-olds and 34.9% of adults aged 20 years or older were obese. These values were attained from 9,120 participants who took part in the 2011-2012 nationally-representative National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Overall, there have been no significant changes from 2003-2004 through 2011-2012 in high weight (for recumbent length) among infants and toddlers, obesity among 2- to 19-year-olds, or obesity among adults. However, there was a significant decrease in obesity among 2- to 5-year-old children (from 13.9% to 8.4%) and a significant increase in obesity among women aged 60 years and older (from 31.5% to 38.1%).
The CDC seemed encouraged by the drop in childhood obesity, as stated by CDC director Tom Frieden, “We continue to see signs that, for some children in this country, the scales are tipping.” He emphasizes, “This report comes on the heels of previous CDC data that found a significant decline in obesity prevalence among low-income children aged 2 to 4 years participating in federal nutrition programs.” The CDC also quoted First Lady Michelle Obama as saying, “I am thrilled at the progress we’ve made over the last few years in obesity rates among our youngest Americans.” She believes that participation of children (and their parents) in the Let’s Move initiative has begun to make healthier habits a new norm.
Still, as mentioned previously, that fact stands that there have been no significant changes in obesity prevalence among youth or adults between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012. Obesity prevalence remains high and thus it is important to continue surveillance and ensure the personal trainer is adept is dealing with all the causative factors he or she has control over with their clients.