Has America hit the obesity glass ceiling?
Good news — we might not get much fatter than we already are!
Obesity rates grew rapidly in the 1980′s and 1990′s, but recently they seem to have leveled off, according to new data from The Journal of American Medical Association.
It’s been since about 2003 that men haven’t seen the scales tip much more, and women haven’t had expanding waistlines since 1999.
Also, child obesity rates, which have tripled since the 1980′s, haven’t gotten worse in the past few years.
But while Americans aren’t getting any fatter, they certainly aren’t getting any thinner. More than one in three adults in the U.S., or 78 million people, were still obese in 2009 and 2010. That means 35.5 percent of men and 35.8 percent of women are obese. Again, it could be worse.
So there it is — the best news we’ve heard all day that isn’t appropriate to celebrate.