The obesity epidemic in the United States has grown out of control. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960. To provide some context for the magnitude of the current obesity rate in the U.S., more than a third of adults (34.9 percent) were obese as of 2011 to 2012. More than two-thirds of adults were overweight or obese (68.5 percent). Approximately 16.9 percent of children (ages 2 to 19) were obese in 2011 to 2012, and 31.8 percent were either overweight or obese. Rates of both obesity and severe obesity are continuing to increase among both adults and children in America. The associated health problems that result from obesity have resulted in an estimated annual medical cost of $190 billion and have surpassed the medical costs associated with tobacco use. Yet medical costs are just one of the several negative impacts the epidemic has had on our society. In order to cure the epidemic that is plaguing our nation we must change existing policy and enact new policies on both the governmental and organizational level before the repercussions are insurmountable.
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