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Obese Americans outnumber Overweight Americans for the first time

Is Obesity is the New Face of America? 

It is common knowledge that we have a problem with obesity in America, facts about obesity can be helpful in fighting against the obesity epidemic.

Obese American adults now outnumber those who are simply overweight.(1) This is a first in the country’s medical history — a fact that’s causing concern among doctors and healthcare providers.

Wondering what this means for you? Consider these obesity facts:
• Obesity rates have more than doubled — 34.9% as of 2012 — in the last 35 years, with the today’s adults 24 pounds heavier than the average weight in 1960 (2)
• An adult BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more is considered obese; currently, that accounts for 78.6 million U.S. adults (3)
• Obese people can expect to die as many as eight years sooner (that’s a rate on par with chronic cigarette smoking) and can lose up to 20 “healthy living years” due to obesity-related diseases (4)

As medical professionals have studied obesity in America, facts have shown obesity to be a disease with strong ties to other chronic illness. In fact, the American Medical Association now officially recognizes obesity as a disease. From obesity’s association with high blood pressure — nicknamed the “silent killer” — to diabetes and even cancer, it’s easy to see just how much that extra helping of dessert can cost you. 

Here’s something else to consider; research has shown that diets particularly high in fat and sugar can lead to changes in the brain similar to those seen with drug addiction.(5) If overeating can trigger the same reward and withdrawal symptoms in the brain as narcotics, it is evident that obesity is more than the sum of poor lifestyle or eating choices.

As with a drug addiction, the more fatty foods you eat, the higher your “reward threshold” becomes. This makes it harder to feel satisfied which delays the feeling of being full. Because your brain is then striving to reach that “sugar high”, it can encourage you to overeat and result in unhealthy weight gain.

Although these obesity in America facts are shocking they can also be excellent motivation for adopting a healthier lifestyle. If you are overweight or obese, consider all of the assisted weight loss options available. You are likely to find much greater weight loss success by not going it alone.

For non-surgical weight management, the Medical Weight Loss Clinic at the Detroit Medical Center can create a customized program based on your medical profile. We use regular grocery store food, and offer unlimited clinic visits for nutritional guidance and support. Weight loss surgery options should also be considered, especially if you’ve failed to lose weight with other supervised diet and exercise plans. 

Obesity may be the latest trend in America, but you don’t have to be fat to fit in and feel better.
For more information about obesity in America facts and the benefits of healthy weight loss, contact us today at 1.877.362.9898.

(1) JAMA Internal Medicine:
(2) “State of Obesity” — a Trust for America’s Health project:
(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://
(4) The Huffington Post:
(5) National Center for Biotechnology Information:


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