Americans still add pounds amid stronger public health measures
Adults in the United States continue to gain weight and health experts are worried that increasing public education to fight obesity is not making much of an impact.
The New York Times reported that close to 40 percent of Americans were obese in 2015 and 2016, reflecting a jump from a decade ago.
Severely obese Americans are also increasing, aggravating risks of suffering from a heart disease, diabetes and various cancers.
The survey cited counted people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more as obese, while those with a BMI of 40 or more as severely obese.
The data comes in the wake of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations during which US President Donald Trump pushes for more prominent labels on packaged foods to warn about health risks of high sugar and fat intake.
For his part, Dr. William Dietz, director of the Stop Obesity Alliance at George Washington University, expressed worry on the figures but described them as “dismal,” adding that two more years of data will be needed.