U.S. Gets Fatter as Obesity Rates Climb


U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter
“What people are not focusing enough on is that we are producing extraordinary number of people who are unnecessarily sick. They are pouring into the medical system. It’s a total crisis,” says Reed Tuckson.

Dr. Reed Tuckson is an internist and former health commissioner for the District of Columbia. He is now senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation, which publishes America’s Health Rankings.

Americans got fatter last year and were more slothful too — two closely related outcomes reported in an annual analysis of the USA’s health out Wednesday.

After encouraging improvement in last year’s report, this year’s data returned to the steady increase in obesity that’s marked America’s Health Rankings in the 25 years since it was first released.