Good News, America: Survey Reveals That We’re The Fattest We’ve Ever Been! #DietStartsMonday
We’d offer up some kind of medal or award, but apparently odds are pretty high that somebody would eat it.
According to CNN, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted their annual National Health Interview Survey last year, and it looks as though Americans are fatter than they have ever been.
A record 30.4 percent of Americans at least 20 years of age surveyed in 2015 said they were obese. In 1997, that number was “only” 19.4 percent. The biggest group of fatties fall between the ages of 40 and 59, with 34.6 percent of them waking up every morning in the obese category.
Obviously, Americans’ diets are the big culprit behind their consistent rise in obesity, but the same survey said only 15.1 percent of Americans at least 18 years of age are now smoking on a regular basis, which is way down from 24.7 percent in 1997. And anybody who has ever seen what happens to somebody when they give up cancer sticks knows what we’re getting at here.
And in what is definitely a related story, 9.5 percent of Americans at least 18 years of age said they have diabetes compared to just 5.1 percent in 1997, so good work, kids. More Skittles and Mountain Dew!