US adults, kids, pets fatter

To coincide with this year’s US
Census, Gold’s Gym and Health.com assessed America’s fitness and found both
people and pets are fatter than 10 years ago.

The 2010 “Fitness Census”
found the average American ate more fat per week – the equivalent of two sticks
of butter a week – than they did 10 years ago.

The Fitness Census also said that
two thirds of US adults are overweight or obese; one-third of US children are overweight
and an estimated eight million new cases of diabetes have been diagnosed in the
last 10 years.

It also showed that one-quarter of
US pets are overweight.

The census revealed that fast-food
sales increased 15 per cent in the past five years, and that the amount of time
US teens spend playing video games has doubled in the past decade.

“The new millennium began with
a decade of supersized meals, a dramatic reduction in physical activity and an
obesity epidemic that continues to weigh down the nation,” Robert Reames
of Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute said in a statement.

“Our message is simple: Even a
small amount of regular exercise can go a long way.”

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