Is the problem really as bad as it appears?
I would suspect that there are very few people who watch TV or read a newspaper that are not already aware that the problem of obesity is exploding on an international scale.
Consider the following charts taken from the ‘U. S. Obesity Trends 1985-2007’ page of the ‘Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’ (CDC) website.
Go back just 20 years from 2009 to 1989, and this is how the obesity map of the USA appeared:
Although there were a handful of states for which there was no data available, you can see that there was no state in the USA where more than 14% of adults were obese.
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Fast forward 10 years, and the picture is looking considerably less encouraging:
Now, there is not a single state where the rate of adult obesity is less than 10%, and there are many who are already in the 15% to 19% adult obesity ‘band’.
But if you thought that was bad, take a look at the last available chart from 2007 (from which point, writing this two years further down the line, it is fairly safe to assume that the picture had deteriorated considerably further):
Now, there is only Colorado where there is not more than 20% of the adult population that is clinically obese. And yet, only eight years before that, there wasn’t one single state where obesity was already.