The obesity statistics are in. And they are good.
Turns out that American obesity rates have remained unchanged over the past 12 years, reports the New York Times. In all, 35.7 percent of America's adult population and 16.9 percent of children qualify as obese. The data comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
There are some other interesting nuggets when you look deeper. Reports The Times:
For instance, men and boys have become fatter since 1999, and so have non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American women.
Obesity is one of the perennial personal injury issues. And because of America’s obesity rates it can come up in a number of ways. Obese people may require more healthcare treatment, which may go awry, potentially leading to a medical malpractice suit.
In addition, previously on this blog we saw the issue of dietary supplements that had been contaminated. Weight loss pills; weight loss treatments; and other cosmetic issues are also issues that obese people deal with and which are often rife with possibilities of personal injury lawsuits.
In fact, people of a certain (golden) era will remember the Fen-Phen lawsuits that came up in the 1990’s. Fen-Phen was a prescription drug that doctors gave to patients for use in weight-loss programs. But it turned out to lead to heart valve problems and other heart risks, creating a massive class action that was not resolved until 2002.
All in all, obesity is a wide-spread social phenomenon. And statistics about its past and future trends are very important to legal professionals and consumers alike.
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