Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Win for America in the War against Obesity-Related Diseases

A major contributor to sleep apnea, obesity, may be losing its grip in the U.S.

Two new government studies found that America’s obesity rate may be leveling off instead of increasing.

One-third of Americans are obese. More than two-thirds are overweight. These people have an increased risk for sleep apnea, diabetes and heart disease.

Public health advocates have been fighting the obesity rate with education. They seem to be making headway.

The studies examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The data were gathered from 2007 to 2008. These numbers were compared with statistics from 1999 through 2006.

One study focused on adults. The other study highlighted children.

Results of the studies were published online yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In a HealthDay article on the studies, Dr. Anirban Basu explained the results. He said that better awareness about obesity and obesity-related disease played a part in this plateau.

The results were promising. But doctors are quick to remind Americans that there is still a lot of weight to be lost before claiming victory over obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Some people have a higher risk of obesity than others.

Boys aged 6 to 19 still have a rising obesity rate.

The researchers found that the risk of obesity increased with age. The biggest risk came after age 40.

Black and Mexican-American women and Black men were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites.

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