As obesity in the United States continues to grow, Americans are now saying that obesity has become the most urgent health problem in the U.S. In 1999, the obesity rate was at 1% and has risen to being 16% in 2012. The percentage of adults who are obese has doubled from 1980 to 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It makes one wonder how the obesity rate could double in less than 30 years. The bottom line is that something must be done to stop the exponential growth of obesity in the United States. Even with the huge increase, obesity still did not rank number one for the most urgent health problem in the United States. Obesity ranked number three below access and cost.
This survey was conducted between November 15-18, 2012. The survey method that was used was telephone interviews, where they had a random sample of 1015 adults selected by using random- digit- dialing sampling. Based on the total sample the results have a 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is +/- 4%. Gallup also states that in addition to the sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties can introduce error or bias in the public polls.
I found this research very interesting and shocking. It is very appalling to see how the obesity rate has increased over the years. I hope that this research brings attention to the growing problem of obesity in the United States.