It seems like every story you read these days is about the obesity rate increasing. But a new study has some good news for the waistlines of America. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found that the percentage of people who are at a "normal weight" has slightly increased in the past year.
Last year, 35.6 percent of Americans were at a normal weight, and this year the number is 36.6 percent, an increase of one percent. Additionally, 35.8 percent of Americans were found to be overweight. Last year that number was 36 percent. Obesity was listed at 25.8 percent this year — down from 26.6 percent last year.
The changes are small but encouraging. Researchers say that they're not sure what has caused the drop (especially considering recent estimates predict the obesity trend to increase not decrease), but they suggest that the slow economy could be causing people to stay home and eat, rather than go out for high-calorie far.
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Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.