According to new figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an alarming 38 percent of all Americans above age 15 meet medical standards of obesity–not merely overweight, or carrying a few extra pounds, but heavy enough to face serious health consequences.
The U.S. stands at nearly twice the OECD average in obesity rates, and some ten times the rate of world leader, Japan. Not surprisingly, obesity rates closely correlate with poverty: poor and uneducated people are twice as likely to be obese, and obese people are far more likely to stay poor.
There’s no quick governmental fix for this crisis, which highlights the need for individual initiative and accountability to begin tackling private problems with a big public impact.
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