Obesity is a major health issue in our society, as national surveys show worrying results. As far as Minnesota is concerned, the beginning of the month brought new results. It seems like the state has a lower obesity rate than in previous years, but this is still not enough.
The Minnesota Department of Health indicated that the Minnesota obesity rates have dropped by thirty percents. Officials made the announcement on September 1. Although this is an achievement, the state is still on the lists of regions with severe weight problems in the United States.
Researchers observed that the rates in 2015 are 1.5% lower than the data registered in the previous year. However, statistically speaking, now 1.4 million people living in Minnesota have severe body weight problems.
The Minnesota obesity rates stand as an achievement in the region, because they registered a significant drop, as some of the researchers like to see it. Nevertheless, Colorado is the record holder when it comes to fitness, as the low obesity rates show it (20.2 percent). This is the lowest, and thus the best, rate in the United States.
Nutritionists and doctors warn that body weight problems are damaging, and it is not only about the exterior look. Obesity can seriously affect people’s organism, leading to diseases such as diabetes, heart conditions or arthritis. Recent studies in the United Kingdom show that obesity can also affect your brain, although specialist couldn’t actually find the cause-effect relation.
Obesity affects children and adults alike. Experts advise parents to have a healthy lifestyle, for their own sake and for the sake of their kids. If children are accustomed to a balanced diet and regular exercises from an early age, it will be much easier for them to continue this way of life when they grow up. A sedentary lifestyle will do no good, regardless of the age of the person.
A balanced diet excludes excessive fats and sugar, which can be found both in food and beverages. On the other hand, fruits, vegetable, and fish are highly recommended products.
Doctors are still concerned about this problem with the citizens. Doctor Stephen Park thinks that the situation in the entire country will get worse in merely four year time, as he declares:
“If you look at the data, two-thirds of our country, not just us but worldwide … is either overweight or obese. The estimates are that by 2020 half of our country is going to be prediabetic or diabetic.”
Apart from Minnesota, other states have also registered similar results. Such states are Montana, New York, and Ohio.
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