The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has completed one of the largest, broadest surveys of Americans. The CDC survey focused on the health of Americans coupled with their eating _habits. Sadly, the results of this aspect of the survey were not positive.
According to the CDC, a larger number of Americans (no pun intended) are now overweight and even obese than in prior surveys of the U.S. population. The CDC has been undertaking this study annually since 1957 and the results regarding weight and diet related issues seem to be on a progressively worse trajectory. (The research survey was undertaken in 2015, with the results being released now.)
The 2015 survey reveals that an astonishing 30.4 percent of Americans of the age of 20 or older are self reporting that they are obese. The reality is that there are probably more obese Americans than this percentage reveals, considering some people do fudge about their weight. In 2014, this percentage was 29.9 percent.
The 30.4 percent figure is particularly astonishing when contrasted with the number of obese individuals in 1997. In 1997, the percentage was 19.4 percent. That represents a roughly 11 point increase in obesity rates over the roughly 18 year time period. Overall, there has been an increase almost every year since 1997.
There were some bright spots in the survey in 2015. Fewer Americans seem to be smoking. In addition, a larger number of Americans do seem to have better access to health care and medical services.