The State of Our Weight: American Obesity, Fad Diets and the Right Way to Get Fit

Whether we like to admit it or not, the U.S. is a culture that celebrates celebrity, beauty and the pursuit of the perfect image. We’re obsessed with finding out how to get a similar but cheaper version of Taylor Swift’s dress from the Grammy’s, and learning how Jessica Alba lost those last 20 pounds of baby weight.

And while it’s perfectly okay to indulge in these guilty pleasures from time to time, it can begin to alter a person’s perception of reality, and induce him or her to engage in dieting and exercise routines that might be considered unhealthy.

To improve the state of our weight, we need a proper diet and a lifestyle shift.

The infographic below highlights the current state of waistlines in the U.S., as well as the related health-care costs. You’ll also find a list of some of the most popular fad diets, and the dangers associated with them. For the right way to get fit, check out the diet, exercise and “Talk to Your Doctor” sections.

The State of Our Weight infographic

State of Our Weight infographic

Via Nurse Practitioner Guide