We're sure that's a generally true statement at any given time, but this actually gives us hope — while most Americans are still over weight, there is a new slimming trend happening according to a new study:
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that for the first time in three years there are more normal weight Americans than those in the overweight category. But the majority of Americans are at an unhealthy weight, the study said. Obese and overweight Americans combined make up more than 60 percent of the population, according to the study.
This is encouraging, to say the least.
The study said it was not clear what caused the drop in overweight and obese Americans, but said it could be due to the tough economy, with cash-strapped Americans choosing to eat in rather than eating at high-calorie restaurants. Another reason could be increased public awareness campaigns such as Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" anti-obesity campaign, and business initiatives, that prompted more health-conscious decisions.
A downward trend in obesity rates could also mean a drop in U.S. health care costs, the study said. The Centers for Disease Control estimated medical costs associated with obesity were $147 billion in 2008.
We've read conflicting things about the economy being the reason. It could be that, and for the reason of eating in, because we did hear that when people eat in they tend to eat healthier.
But then again we've also read that due to unhealthier foods being generally cheaper, that the less money the economy has to spend on food the unhealthier it'll become.
So, we're just as not sure as anyone on this. But we DO know that this is a trend worth sticking to!
It doesn't matter WHY we're doing it, but that we ARE doing it!
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