It may seem like Americans are getting healthier, given the explosion in yoga's popularity, our increasing preference for organic foods, and a growing acceptance of mindfulness. Unfortunately, despite these positive trends, a new study by the CDC reveals that American waistlines are still expanding.
The study looked at the average circumference of more than 32,000 American waistlines in 2011-2013 compared with waistlines about a decade ago. They discovered about a 3.2% increase in that time period, from 95.5 cm (37.6 inches) to 98.5 cm (38.8 inches).
Looking at waistline circumference allows the researchers to avoid relying on BMI, which can result in a misunderstanding of obesity trends. TIME explains: