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  • US Obesity Rates Nearing 1 in 3 Adults; Physical Activity Rates Looking Better

    At a rate of 30% in 2015, Americans are more obese than ever, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But there are some bright spots when it comes to rates of physical activity (PA).

    In recent reports, the CDC lists the 2015 obesity rate at 30.6% among US adults, a slight bump up from the 29.9% rate recorded in 2014, and a dramatic increase from the 19.4% rate of 1997.

    Obesity rates were highest among adults 40-59 (34.9%), followed by the 60-and-over age group (30.1%) and adults 20-39 (26.7%). In all but the 60-and-older group, prevalence was higher among males than females. In terms of race/ethnicity and sex, non-Hispanic black females were most likely to be obese (45.2%), followed by non-Hispanic black men (34.5%) and Hispanic women (33%).

    While the obesity news was not encouraging, more positive data were reported when it came to rates of PA in 2015, where 49.5% of adults 18 and over reported meeting the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time PA. That rate was only slightly lower than 2014's 50% estimate. The PA rate was about 43% in 2008.

    The percentage of adults who met the 2008 PA guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities was also higher than 2008 levels, at 21.1%—about the same level as 2014 (21.2%). In 2008 the rate was about 17%.

    Non-Hispanic white adults were more likely to meet both the aerobic and aerobic-and-muscle goals than non-Hispanic black adults and Hispanic adults. In both PA categories, percentages were highest in the 18-24 age group and declined with age.

    Findings were taken from the National Health Interview Survey.

    APTA has been a strong advocate in the battle against obesity, and offers multiple resources on the role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in addressing prevention and wellness, including a 2-part podcast on the inactivity epidemic (part 1, part 2). Additionally, the consumer-focused MoveForwardPT.com offers a guide to obesity, and PTNow includes several practice guidelines related to obesity. And look for more activity in the future: the 2015 APTA House of Delegates approved a measure to create and strengthen partnerships between the association and other organizations committed to addressing obesity.


    • I studied health and nutrition, then later studied the anti-inflammation program and integrative oncology. Curious if any PT's would be note rested in teaming up with me as a health coach to work with clients by addressing systemic inflammation along with diet, exercise, and a balanced life makes a sustainable difference. Why this program? It is becoming the preferred advice of integrative medicine doctors.

      Posted by Nancy Lamb on 3/4/2016 1:32 AM

    • I found another solution on fighting obesity by turning your acidic body into alkaline body and will help turn your body into a fat burning machine.

      Posted by Floyd on 3/4/2016 9:59 AM

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