Technology, large-scale automation, and mechanization have fostered a prevailing sedentary lifestyle in this country that, as a result, has caused a dramatic rise in adult obesity. By using cars when legs would suffice many adult Americans have succumbed to the demon of obesity.

Child obesity in America has always been high, but, it is heartening to note that it has not changed. However, the increase in adult waistlines has become a matter of concern, especially among women.

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Daily Mail UK reports that according to CDC analysts, the overall rate of obese adults has gone up from 33.7 percent in 2007 to 39.6 percent in 2016. The study is based on a sample size of 40,000 people. The increase for men is from 32.2 percent to 37.9 percent. The corresponding figure for women is from 35.4 percent to 41.1 percent.

What are the reasons?

In the case of adult obesity, CDC analysts had expected to see a plateau similar to child obesity, which has not happened.

The results reveal that public health campaigns to check the obesity crisis are not paying dividends. This is not a healthy trend and people must realize that it can lead to serious health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) those with a BMI over 30 are considered to be obese and when that goes to 40 and above, the person is said to be suffering from severe obesity. The figures have been on the higher side since the 1980s.

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The survey shows a plateau among young people between 2005 and 2014, but the rise among adults is worrying. Incidentally, the average weight of an American male is 196 lbs. By comparison, the weight of an average Australian is 189 lbs, and that of a British citizen is 186 lbs.

How to avoid adult obesity

Stanford Health Care has listed out a few do's and don’ts intended to prevent obesity among adults because this could be the forerunner to severe heart disease.

The solution lies in modifying one's eating habits and increasing the level of physical activity. Fruits and vegetables must be an integral part of one's diet along with whole grain foods. Care must be taken to avoid fast foods and ensure that the intake of calories does not cross the limit.

The body is a machine and has to be kept in good condition. Therefore, exercising is important. It burns calories and keeps the body fit. Regular physical activities like walking, working in the garden, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can work wonders.

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Other options include swimming, jogging, working out in the gym, or yoga. These will keep those extra inches away from the waistline.

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