In November of 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), released statistics for the “Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youths: United States, 2011-2014.
During this time period, the prevalence of obesity was:
- For adults: slightly over 36%
- For youths: 17%
- For women: 38.3%
- For men: 34.3%
- For youths: no difference was seen by sex.
- Obesity was higher for middle-aged, 40.2%, and older, 37.0%, adults than for younger adults, 32.3%
For detailed information, please visit the CDC link.
We know the obesity rates having been going up despite the heavy emphasis on calories in/calories out, exercising more, watching your fat intake, (feel free to add your own), etc.
I like this quote from Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories: “Once the ‘truth’ has been declared, even if it’s based on incomplete evidence, the overwhelming tendency is to interpret all future observations in support of that preconception. Those who know what the answer is lack the motivation to continue looking for it. Entire fields of science may then be ignored, on the assumption that they can’t possibly be relevant.”
With Taubes’ thought in mind, I believe the time has come to take a step back and acknowledge the fact that the above beliefs (calories in/calories out, exercising more, watching your fat intake, etc.) about weight loss/obesity that have been drummed into our heads for decades are wrong. Think about it. The result of using these beliefs as the basis for fat loss for all these years—obesity rates still continue to rise.
Let’s break the cycle. The time has come for a new perspective. More on this in 2016.