How Do You Compare to American Men and Women Worldwide (When It Comes to Obesity)?
Does that blog title grab your attention? Many will find this blog very disturbing and aggravating. Frankly, we feel it should aggravate (and concern) American women … AND MEN.
We serve a significant number of women through our weight loss program. One might immediately think women engage more often in weight loss programs because they are more focused on “appearance” or they are more self-conscious than men. Well, maybe that’s so. But the truth of the matter is that in the USA and world-wide there are more obese women. Again, sorry if that irritates you. Just bringing the facts here – which are shared below.
Before those stats are shared, we must openly and bluntly share that we are talking about obesity and weight challenges from a HEALTH perspective here. This is NOT about vanity, appearance or “beauty”. No doubt, there are beautiful women of every age, race and size. But here’s our stance:
If we have our beauty and not our full and optimal health, then it’s time to pay attention and take action!
So, with that simple and straight forward introduction, it seems fitting to simply share some FACTS and STATS from an article on cbsnews.com from a few years back entitled “US Women Hit Milestone for Obesity”.
Just that title alone is disturbing! Nobody wants to read that. That is NOT a milestone any of us want to be a part of. Sometimes, the thing that gets people to wake up, step up and create change is awareness. So, let me share some excerpts from the article.
It starts like this …
“The nation's obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming
increase among women. For the first time, more than 4 in 10 U.S. women
are obese, according to new government health statistics.
Obesity rates for men and women in the U.S. had been roughly the same
for about a decade. But in recent years, women have surged ahead and
now just over 40 percent of women are obese, compared to 35 percent of
The percentages were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, in two articles published online Tuesday by the Journal of
the American Medical Association. The numbers are based on small
government survey that is considered the best measure of the
nation's obesity problem.”*
These are accurate (albeit unfortunate) measures showing women to be
passing up men in the obesity category in America. That’s no good!
Yet, here was the more concerning statement in the article:
“The rate of obesity in women is also higher than in men across the
world, although far lower overall than in the U.S. According to the
World Health Organization, 15 percent of women worldwide and 11
percent of men are obese”.*
So, when we combine these two sets of statistics, we learn that women have higher obesity rates than men world-wide. But even more concerning is the comparison to the rest of the world. As the title summarizes:
40% of US women VS. 15% of the women world-wide are obese.
Almost 3x the obesity rate in the USA!
35% of US men are obese VS. 11% of the men world-wide are obese.
Again, 3x as high for men in the USA!
Ugh! We can do better than that! We deserve better than that! You do! Your family does!
We’re going to leave it at. Just wanted to revisit a little stat sharing in this blog. As you finish reading this, please take a few minutes to ponder these questions:
- WHY do these unfortunate stats exist?
- How does this make YOU feel? And, maybe most importantly …
- What are you going to do to be part of the solution rather than part
of the growing problem?
Here are some suggestions:
- Stay tuned in to our blog.
- Contact our clinic.
- Meet with our team to see if you qualify for our science-based and
- Get a Computerized Body Composition Analysis.
- Have DNA testing done to provide an individualized plan for sustained
- Take action!
- Make it today!