Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9600


Obesity in the US and UK

Jameson Donahue

The United Kingdom and the United States of America are similar countries but have very distinct differences. Both countries are a group of states that share one government, but their government systems differ, the UK is a constitutional monarchy- parliament system, whereas the United States is a federal constitutional republic. In addition, both countries have unique cultures that greatly influence diet. Between 1960 and 2014, there was a continuous increase in overweight individuals, obese people, and extremely obese people in the United States. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than one in three adults in the United States were considered obese in 2014. Another poll done by the United States Centers for Disease Control and prevention that questioned over 200,000 adults about their self-reported BMI or body mass index, found that 21% of Americans fall into class 2 or 3 obesity.