Rates of obesity continue to increase across America. In 2010, The American Medical Association reported that rates of adult obesity in men had risen 7.1% in a twenty year period and 8.1% for women during the same time frame. The State of Georgia Department of Public Health issued a report in 2010 that showed that 30% (approximately 2 million) of adult Georgians are obese.
The Department of Public Health blames poor diet and exercise for contributing to this unfortunate national trend. Further, the department recognizes that obesity contributes to an increased risk for other medical conditions, such as stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gall bladder disease and some cancers.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines obesity as a chronic and complex disease characterized by excessive accumulation of body fat.