If it seems to you most every man you see nowadays has a pot belly, you’re not wrong. The average weight of American men has increased by about 15 pounds over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“[This rate] is always a cause for alarm,” Dr. Goutham Rao, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Case Western Medical Center told ABC News.
He said rising obesity rates continue to be a major source of health problems for many Americans. “The prevalence of obesity in adults has increased since 2006, and this is true for kids as well. We are even seeing more children with adult problems, like high blood pressure.”
Rao said he sees more patients every day with obesity-related illnesses.
“Obesity is not just related to diabetes and heart disease,” he said. Patients “are having problems with their mobility, arthritis, and there is a psychological component as well.”