Obesity rates are still rising because opinions regarding being overweight have changed radically.
53 percent of American adults who were polled between 2010 and 2016 said that they wanted to lose weight, according to Gallup. However, 59 percent of adults said they wanted to lose weight in polls done from 2000 to 2009.
Furthermore, Americans surveyed in the 1990s said that their ideal weight was 153 lbs. However, in the 2000s, the average ideal weight was 159 lbs, and in polls done between 2010 to 2016, it was 161 lbs, according to Gallup.
All that means is fewer people want to lose weight.
But the real question is why? Why do fewer people want to lose weight?
There has been a socio-macroeconomic paradigm shift in the way America views being overweight. Since plenty of Americans are overweight, being overweight has become normalized.
The media has also pushed a new body positivity trend that has created an atmosphere of acceptance for people that are overweight.
I refuse to lie to you.
The reality is that being overweight in America is leading to a wider range of health problems. Diet-induced diabetes is rising. The average life expectancy of an American has stagnated, according to the CDC, and more Americans have heart disease and high blood pressure than ever before.
Many of these health problems are due to improper dieting.
Don’t be fooled. The reality is, if you eat poorly, you will face ramifications.