From Dr. Mercola:
According to the latest statistics1,2 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on the largest health survey in the U.S., more Americans are obese and diabetic than ever before.
Among adults aged 20 and older, the obesity rate was 30.4 percent in 2015, up by half a percent from the year before. While that’s not a huge jump, it’s the continuation of a trend that began in 1997, at which time 19.4 percent of adult Americans were obese.
Two even more recent studies3 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that 35 percent of American men, 40 percent of women and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
Disturbingly, nearly 10 percent of women and 5.5 percent of men fell into the class 3 obesity category, with a BMI of 40 or higher.
The same trend can be seen on a global scale. Obesity around the world has increased from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014. Worldwide, obese individuals now outnumber people who are underweight from starvation, and by a significant margin.4
Diabetes rates are also on the rise, with 9.5 percent of Americans ages 18 and over reporting having diabetes in 2015, up by 0.4 percent from the year before.
As with obesity, diabetes is on the rise worldwide. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study reports diabetes among adults has quadrupled in the past 40 years and now affects 422 million people.5
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Source: CDC Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the January to March 2015 National Health Interview Survey
In the U.S., obesity rates vary depending on ethnicity, sex and age as follows:
45 percent of African American women and 35.1 percent of African American men were obese in 2015 32.6 percent of Hispanic women and 32 percent of Hispanic men were obese 27.2 percent of Caucasian women and 30.2 percent of Caucasian men were obese 34.6 percent of 40- to 59-year-olds were obese, compared to 26.5 percent of 20- to 39-year-olds and 30.1 percent of seniors over the age of 60 Surgery Becoming the Standard Treatment for ‘Diabesity’
There’s a relatively simple solution to the obesity problem. As a general rule, people simply are not getting enough healthy fat in their diet while eating far too many net carbs (total carbs minus fiber).
The result of that kind of diet is weight gain. Unfortunately, this isn’t what conventional medicine recommends to those struggling with weight problems and diabetes.
Instead, 45 international organizations representing diabetes specialists are now calling for gastric surgery to become a standard treatment for obese diabetics. As reported by Scientific American:6
“In a joint statement which they said constituted one of the biggest shifts in diabetes treatment guidelines since the advent of insulin, the 45-strong