US Population To Have 42% Obese People In Future?

November 6th, 2010 - 7:03 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
obesity_reuters_640_397x224Nov 6, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has suggested that the residents of USA will keep growing obese till at least 42 percent of the US population becomes overweight. It has also said that those who have fat friends will grow fat as well. The study has been conducted by a group of researchers at the Harvard University. The new study clashes with the theory of the experts who earlier said that the obesity rate of the nation had reached a peak of 34 percent. The so called obesity epidemic will go on for more than the next three decades.

Alison Hill associated with the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology said that this study shows that obesity can be like an infectious ailment. She and her colleagues relied on the use of a mathematical model for the study. Since the year 1971, the rate of gaining weight according to the friends one socializes with has gone up. The study findings can be seen in Public Library of Science journal named PLoS Computational Biology. Surprising as it may seem, having slim friends does not aid a person in losing weight, asper the finding of the study.

Obesity continues to be a growing problem in USA. The researcher has been modest enough to highlight that her expertise lies in maths and not in biology. Some health researchers have also expressed skepticism about the validity of the study. There is no denying the fact that finally the eating and exercising regime of a person affects his weight gain or loss cycle. Lifestyle is another potent factor in this aspect.

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