A 30-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

why would america have such a high proportion of obese people?

1 doctor answer
Dr. William Haynes
37 years experience Endocrinology
Food and Cars: Compared to 50 years ago, we now eat much more food at meals, we snack more, we consume more sugar and carbs, and we eat out more at fast food places (where the portion size has trebled). Food is cheaper as proportion of income too. We also drive more, take elevators and escalators and not stairs, spend more time sitting watching tv/computers, and have jobs that are more sedentary.
Answered on Jul 18, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leon Katz
Dr. Leon Katz answered
29 years experience Bariatrics
Too many- read on: By definition a person is considered obese if bmi is 30 or greater. The percentage is 35.7 and source is the cdc. I attached the website where you can ... Read More
5
5 thanks
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
25 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Lifestyle changes: We as a country do not have a concept of portion control. Being mindful of how many calories one takes in daily and doing a daily cardiovascular exer ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
33 years experience Bariatrics
Short answer: Both!
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
17 years experience Internal Medicine
No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eat ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month