ROCHESTER, Minn. – A new study shows the obesity rate in the Untied States is now 40%.
And Minnesota and Iowa are not too far off from the national numbers.
Some people in the community tell KIMT they’re surprised, others, like Ananaya Always of Rochester, say not so much.
She said she personally makes an effort to be healthier by giving vegetables she didn’t like as a kid another chance.
“One meal at a time,” she said.
While the fight against obesity has been a battle going on for decades, Ananaya said she’s hopeful there’s an end in sight.
“I see it changing in the future I really do I have hope Tthe awareness of how important physical activity is how important it is to get a nutrient dense diet is, I see it changing,” she said.
In a statement to KIMT, Mayo Clinic endocrinologist and obesity expert Michael Jensen, M.D., said what he thinks it will take to change the obesity epidemic:
“I believe it will take a public health campaign, not unlike what the U.S. undertook for littering, seatbelts and smoking. Until we address this as a public health issue it will remain way beyond what medical facilities can deal with.”
Mayo Clinic also provides more information on causes of and prevention for obesity.