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If you've read the news recently then you've probably heard that the outlook for Americans' health isn't too good. New research predicts that over 40% of Americans are predicted to be obese (not just overweight... obese) by 2030.

We're currently sitting (and sitting is part of our problem) at around 34% of Americans being classified as obese.

From WebMD:
Doctors usually define "overweight" as a condition in which a person's weight is 10%-20% higher than "normal," as defined by a standard height/weight chart.

Obesity is usually defined as a condition in which a person's weight is 20% or more above normal weight. "Morbid obesity" means a person is either 50%-100% over normal weight, more than 100 pounds over normal weight, or sufficiently overweight to severely interfere with health or normal functioning.

MSNBC calls it a "stunning prediction" - that 42% of American adults will officially be considered obese by 2030. Those who are classified as "morbidly/severely obese" will jump 11%, health experts warn.

Over-consumption of processed foods and fast foods, too-large portion sizes and inactivity are all to blame for these numbers.

It goes beyond "thinking thin" - the effects of obesity are far more dire than the desire to simply look thinner. Overweight and obese adults and children face so many health problems - high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol among them.

Watch the full MSNBC video here.

What will it take for us to slam the brakes on these escalating numbers? Many experts say it's our entire lifestyle that needs to change. Americans are constantly eating - and often times the foods that are advertised to us are unhealthy. We're also inactive - with many (if not most) Americans living sedentary lifestyles.

The good news is that you can choose to do something about it! You decide what foods you put into your body and in what amount. You also decide for yourself if you'd rather go for a brisk walk or watch television.

What decisions will you make today to avoid becoming one of these statistics?

@ 7:06am ET on May 21, 2012 I wonder what the statistics are like in the uk?
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