Obesity has reached an all-time high

In just one year Americans gained over 500 million pounds the equivalent of 1,400 blue whales.

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In just one year, Americans gained over 500 million pounds- the equivalent of 1,400 blue whales- according to data collected by Gallup.

While that number does include children who grew, new babies, and new immigrants, other numbers may surprise you.

In 2015, Americans reached an all-time high in obesity. 28% of Americans are considered obese.

“Sedentary lifestyle is a lot of it. Screen time, too much television, tablets and phones, and of course, there’s also the problem of portion size- portion control- the way we eat,” said Sheila Sullivan, a Registered Dietitian at Baystate.

Heath experts agree that it takes more than just exercise to help you lose weight and stay fit. Eating healthy, nutritious foods makes up for a large portion of losing weight.

“Get some help first, get into a routine, and also you can’t out-train a bad diet,” said Justin Bates a personal trainer at Healthtrax.

Justin also told 22News the best way to set yourself up for success is by finding people who will help you reach your goal.

“If you have a doctor’s appointment you go, if you have a training appointment you go. It’s just that simple, we keep you accountable or a group keeps you accountable too, you don’t want to let your friends down,” said Bates.

Health experts suggest that if you are new to exercising, you should consult with your doctor and work with a trainer to figure out what your body can handle.

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