27.7%: Percentage of Obese Americans At Its Highest Level

By Rudy Takala | May 28, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT

 

(CNSNews.com) – The incidence of American obesity hit its highest point ever last year, 27.7% of the population, according to Gallup’s report on Obesity Rankings released on Wednesday.

"Nationally, the incidence of obesity is at its highest level, rising to 27.7% in 2014, up from 27.1% in 2013 and significantly above the 25.5% recorded in 2008,” reported the survey.

The survey is the third in Gallup’s annual Well-Being Index, though Gallup has been tracking obesity rates since 2008.

The figure was calculated by asking 2.2 million Americans to self-report their height and weight, from which Gallup calculated their Body Mass Index (BMI). Individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher are classified as obese.

Obesity dipped by half a percentage point for one year that the study has been conducted, from 26.6% in 2010 to 26.1% in 2011. However, it has increased in every other year of the study.

Notably, 2014 was the first full year of ObamaCare’s implementation, which required insurers to begin covering screening and counseling for obesity.

It was also the fifth year of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, a national initative intended to cut obesity rates in schools.

Nonetheless, Gallup noted, obesity has risen “significantly above” its incidence rate of 25.5% in 2008, the year Obama was elected.

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