40% Of Americans Are Now Obese.
According to a new study done by the CDC, the Obesity Epidemic continues to grow in America even in 2020. In 1991 only 12% of American adults were obese that number went up to 17.9% in 1998, and the CDC declared Obesity an “Epidemic.” Here we are only 22 years later, and that number has more than doubled!
Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher and is related to a slew of health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and even some cancers.
Dealing with obesity is costly and sometimes deadly. In 2018 heart disease was the leading cause of death in the US. With the percentage of Obese Americans growing exponentially we’re sure to see a rise in premature deaths and medical complications.
According to US News, Heart Disease was the leading cause of death in America.
Fighting Obesity in America in 2020
If we continue along this path soon half of Americans will be obese. While federal and local agencies have taken strides to fight this epidemic the responsibility ultimately falls on our own shoulders. Diet and exercise alone may not be enough.
Luckily Bariatric surgeons like Dr. Davtyan and products like the Lap-Band are constantly changing the way we combat obesity in America. Gastric sleeve, intragastric balloons, and stomach banding are just a few ways that the 40% of obese Americans can take their health back into their own hands.
For more information about weight loss surgery in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas including Rancho Cucamonga, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Fountain Valley please contact us.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David G. Davtyan MD, FACS, FICS