Obesity rates climb to epidemic levels

For 2015, the rate of obese adults was 28.0%, representing an increase of about 6.1 million adults since 2008. Gallup staffer Dan Witters analyzes the results of a study, based on more than 175,000 interviews conducted from 2013 to 2015.

In addition to an increase in the number of obese adults there has also been an increase in the number of adults with diabetes since 2008 (up to 11.4%). Witters also points out the multiple effects that this epidemic obesity rate have:

Obesity affects all elements of well-being, not just physical wellness. It is associated, for example, with lower financial and social well-being. While obesity can diminish overall well-being, the relationship can also work in reverse; high well-being can reduce the chances of being obese.

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