DALLAS, April 20 (UPI) — To coincide with this year’s U.S. Census, Gold’s Gym and Health.com assessed the nation’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:
– Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.
– One-third of U.S. children are overweight.
– An estimated 8 million new cases of diabetes have been diagnosed in the last 10 years.
– One-quarter of U.S. pets are overweight.
– Fast-food sales increased 15 percent in the past five years. — The amount of time U.S. 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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