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Weight Gain in American Adults
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Weight Gain in American Adults

Researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center have estimated that average American adults have gained 14 to 16 pounds over an eight year period - an average of 1.8 to 2 pounds each year.

At this rate, the researchers say that almost 40 per cent Americans will qualify as obese in just five years.

Dr. James Hill, who led the Colorado research, which was published in the journal Science, has said: "We asked ourselves, 'what's it going to take to start turning the tide?' The first measure of success is to stop weight gain...we can break it down into concrete steps."

Specifically, Hill's team estimates that 90 per cent of the American population is "gaining" an extra 50 calories a day in terms of weight gain. For every 100 calories consumed, 50 are be stored as fat, so the experts are recommending cutting down on 100 calories a day - or the equivalent of three bites of a hamburger. Cutting down on 100 calories a day could help prevent putting on two pounds a year, research has shown.

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