FDN Alumnus: US Obesity Rate On The Rise

November 16th, 2015

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 38 percent of U.S. adults were obese in 2014. That's up nearly 3 percent from 2012. Georgia ranks 19th in the nation for obesity, according to the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Researchers there say Georgia's obesity rate last year was 30.1 percent. That's about a 2 percent increase from 2012. One way to help fight the battle against the bulge -- think about meals in advance.

“Generally when we have a plan for what we’re doing throughout the day or throughout the week, we end up making better decisions than if we are hungry at 4 in the afternoon and don’t have an idea of what we are going to eat throughout the rest of the day,” said Benjamin Gray, Foods & Nutrition alumus and registered dietitian with the University of Georgia Health Center.

The CDC says it’s unlikely the U.S. will meet the government’s goal of trimming the national obesity rate to 30.5 percent by the end of the decade.    

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