Visceral fat? Subcutaneous fat? What are you talking about?
To begin, here are a few statistics that you will never see written on a bag of Doritos.
More than one third of U.S. adults (that is more than 72 million people) and 16% of U.S. children are obese. Further, 2/3 of Americans are either overweight or obese. In fact, since 1980, obesity rates for adults have doubled and rates for children have tripled.
Let that sink in for a second.
Obesity is considered having Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater and being “overweight” is defined as having BMI of 25 or greater. BMI, calculated from a person’s weight and height, provides a reasonable (but not always accurate) indicator of body fat that may lead to health problems.
The obesity crisis is here, but hey, we already know that. Here’s what else you should know.