ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A recent Gallup poll suggests that obesity rates are climbing in all groups in the United States.
Persons of various age, income, racial and regional groups all reported increases in rates of obesity, researchers found through their most recent poll.
“The adult obesity rate so far in 2013 is 27.2 percent, up from 26.2 percent in 2012, and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking in 2008,” a release on the study’s findings stated.
The increase between 2012 and 2013 is also said to be the largest increase between years on record for Gallup.
“Obesity rates have increased at least slightly so far in 2013 across almost all major demographic and socioeconomic groups,” the release noted, before citing people between the ages of 18 and 29 as an exception. However, their obesity rates reportedly did not decrease, but rather, merely remained the same as one year prior.
People between the ages of 45 and 64 saw the biggest increases in obesity rates, followed by those earning annual salaries between $30,000 and $74,999.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have been observing such upward trends in obesity rates throughout the nation for the past two decades.
Researchers also note on the official CDC website, “More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.”
Obesity is distinguished by a body mass index exceeding 30, according to Gallup.
Polling for the study was conducted between Jan. 1 and Oct. 28 of this year by polling 141,935 randomly selected American adults throughout the nation.