A CUP OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Step Away From the Table
State-Specific Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults — United States, 2007
Recorded: July 22, 2008; posted: July 24, 2008
[Announcer] This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC — safer, healthier
[Dr. Gaynes] Welcome to A Cup of Health with CDC, a weekly feature of the MMWR, the
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I’m your host, Dr. Robert Gaynes.
Is America eating itself to death? A recent CDC study indicates that one in four persons in the
United States is obese. Adults in their fifties had the highest rate. Failure to maintain a healthy
weight can lead to serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes, and usually results in
Dr. Celeste Philip is a researcher with CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion. She’s joining us today to discuss obesity among adults in the United
States. Welcome to the show, Celeste.
[Dr. Philip] Thank you.
[Dr. Gaynes] Celeste, how do you determine if a person is obese?
[Dr. Philip] Obesity is determined by taking a person’s weight and height and doing a calculation
called body mass index or BMI, and a BMI of thirty or above is considered obese.
[Dr. Gaynes] What is the main cause of obesity?
[Dr. Philip] Obesity has two primary causes, which are the type of diet one has and the level of
physical activity. There are other factors that affect obesity, such as family history or genetics,
which one really can’t do very much about.
[Dr. Gaynes] What health problems can obesity lead to?
[Dr. Philip] Obesity leads to many different health problems, including diabetes, heart disease,
and certain types of cancer.
[Dr. Gaynes] What’s the most effective way to lose weight?
[Dr. Philip] Two areas that are very effective to focus on are physical activity and nutrition.
Now, increasing physical activity doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to go out and join a
gym and spend a lot of