Your massage clients could be getting bigger. A statistically significant increase in obesity in the U.S. occurred so far in 2013, , according to study results release by GALLUP and Healthways, “and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking in 2008,” according to an article on www.gallup.com.

The adult obesity rate is currently 27.2 percent, up from 26.2 percent in 2012

According to the research, obesity rates grew across almost all major socioeconomic and demographic groups.

“One exception is 18- to 29-year-olds, among whom the percentage who are obese has remained stable,” the article noted. “The largest upticks between 2012 and 2013 were among those aged 45 to 64 and those who earn between $30,000 and $74,999 annually. The obesity rate within both groups increased by 1.8 points, which exceeds the one-point increase in the national average.”

Read the article here.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index tracks well-being in the U.S. and suggests solutions for better health To learn more, visit www.well-beingindex.com.

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