More Than Half of Americans Have Had This Dangerous Health Condition in Their Lives

The number does show America's ability to make a change, however.

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According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2014, one in three American adults are obese and one in 13 American adults are considered to be extremely obese. For children, the number is a bit less consuming, as about one in six children or adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered obese.

The negative health side effects of obesity can range from higher blood pressure and in turn, higher risk of sudden death, to decreased energy and altered mood. Even though the numbers mentioned above peg approximately one-third of Americans as falling into this dangerous category, another number may note a sign of progress; according to Men’s Health, over half of Americans have been obese at some point in their lives.

If the numbers were both steady at above 50 percent, that might be additionally disconcerting, showing a sort of inertia when entering this category. A Boston University study analyzed Body Mass Index (BMI) statistics nationally from 1988 to 2014 and found that 51 percent of American men and 52 percent of American women have been obese at some point in their lives. (Did you know that 90 percent of American men have this dangerous weight condition?)

Anyone who has a BMI above 30 is considered to be obese. A “normal” BMI is considered to be anywhere from 19-24, “overweight” covers 25-29, and “extreme obesity” starts at 40. Calculating BMI takes into account a given person’s weight in relation to their height. (Although, BMI isn’t always the best judge of one’s health.)

If you’re looking to lose weight, inform yourself with any one of these proven ways to lose the extra pounds.

[Source: Men’s Health

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