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The American Obesity Epidemic Reaches a New Record

By Dietdoctor @DietDoctor1
The American Obesity Epidemic Reaches a New Record

The CDC just released new statistics over the American obesity epidemic, up to 2014. The result? It keeps getting worse.

Five states moved to a higher category compared to 2013, none moved in the other direction. Compared to the 80's it's a brand new world - and not in a good way.

The simplistic "eat less, move more" message is still not working. Nor is sudden unexplained gluttony or laziness the cause of the epidemic.


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The methods behind the statistics changed a bit in 2010-2011. The surveys are based on telephone interviews and they had to change to mobile rather than landlines. Thus they discourage direct comparisons. However it's clear from the years surrounding this change that the difference in methods had a relatively small impact - it's hard to even notice it. It does not change the big picture.

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