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Is There Really an Obesity Crisis?

Fat shaming, self-love, obesity crisis, body confidence. Go online, and you will come across viral articles from any one of these polarizing camps: online commenters criticizing someone’s body image, groups of women and men who pride themselves on loving their curves, adamant health nuts pushing their exercise and detox programs, and everything in between. So how do we separate what is fact from fiction? First, we will look at the facts.

 Obesity is Rising in the U.S.

One out of every three adults is obese in the United States. The number is now around 1 out of every six for adolescents. Obesity is not to be confused with being overweight. Being “overweight” is often harder to define with weight calculators like body mass index (BMI) unable to take into account you body composition percentage (i.e. the percent of fat versus muscle and bone).  A BMI between 25-29.9 is considered overweight by the CDC. Many athletes, with their higher density of muscle, may...

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