The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports bad news for the obesity industry.
The CDC reported today that,
From 2006 to 2010, age-adjusted [coronary heart disease (CHD)] prevalence in the United States declined overall from 6.7% to 6.0% (Table 1). Similar declines were observed across age group, sex, and education categories. Among racial/ethnic populations, declines from 2006 to 2010 were observed among whites (6.4% to 5.8%) and Hispanics (6.9% to 6.1%) (Table 1).
But just last July, the CDC reported that,
During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high.
And as an additional fun-fact-to-know-and-tell reported by the CDC,
Age-adjusted mortality rates for coronary heart disease (CHD) have declined steadily in the United States since the 1960s.
So while the CDC insists that,
Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease…
The trends for heart disease and obesity seem to be heading in opposite directions.
A possible conclusion to draw from all this is that while obesity may be a marker for some underlying metabolic problem, weight (or body mass index, in food nanny parlance) per se is not a determining factor in the occurrence of heart disease.
It should be noted that the the CDC commented in today’s report:
The goal of the [CDC National Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program] is to increase state capacity to address the issues related to control and prevention of heart disease, stroke, and related risk factors (e.g., hypertension and high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol).
But what prominent “related risk factor” was not even alluded to by the CDC? Why obesity, of course.