According to data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), our 20s is when we gain the most weight, but why is that?
Well, there are a number of reasons why, for instance as we leave school we are less likely to participate in sports, plus we will take on jobs that take up a lot of our time, resulting in us buying takeaways instead of cooking our own healthy meals.
Marriage and having children in your 20s can also take up a lot of your time, as well as your stress levels rising too.
What did the research show?
After looking at examinations of patients, epidemiologists from the CDC have observed that the average person will gain 1-2 pounds each year from early adulthood through to middle age.
However, the report has also shown that much of this weight increase is concentrated during the participants 20s, for both men and women.
A male in his 20s will weigh around 185 pounds on average, however by their 30s this has increased to almost 200 pounds. Women went from 162 to 170 pounds from their 20s to 30s.
The CDC report found that this weight gain starts to slow during the participants 30s and 40s, before then plateauing during your 50s.
What should you do about it?
What this research shows is that if you are not careful early in your life then you may find that you are more susceptible to conditions such as diabetes and heart disease later on in life.
Think of it this way, if you know you are not living your life as healthily as you could then take your current weight and add 2 pounds to it for every year until you are 50.
How much do you weigh then? Chances are if you do not take steps to change your current behaviour then problems maybe waiting for you down the road.