NIT – A poll showed last week that more Americans are “morbidly obese” and only getting fatter.
According to a Gallup poll, 27.1% of American adults were obese in 2013. This is the highest rate in Gallup’s six-year tracking history, and it includes a new high among those who are “morbidly obese.” The obesity rate increased by nearly a full percentage point over the average rate of 26.2% found in 2012.
Gallup reported that some of the groups with the highest obesity rates saw the largest increases from 2012 to 2013. The obesity rate increased by more than one point among Americans who make less than $36,000 a year, 45- to 64-year-olds, and those living in the South. The obesity rate among black Americans, already the highest rate recorded among major demographic groups, rose 0.9 points to 35.8% in 2013.
Obesity is tied to numerous health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.