These days there are so many ways to maintain good health, such as visiting your local gym or fitness center on a regular basis, or attending classes such as zumba and yoga. So how is our country shaping up? Surprisingly, with nearly 28 percent of Americans saying they are clinically obese, Americans are becoming fatter than ever before.

More than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. To make matters worse, the new Gallup-Healthways poll shows a record number are tilting the scales from just overweight into the medically unsafe obese category. Last year, the group found that about 27 percent of Americans were obese.

A person who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 149 pounds has a body mass index of 24, considered a healthy weight. Add a pound and the same person has a BMI of 25 and is considered overweight. At 180 pounds this person has a BMI of 30 and is considered obese.

Individuals who are obese have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. These health issues can be avoided by maintaining a proper weight. Working out at the gym and/or participating in a variety of exercise classes can help one maintain a proper weight. Classes range from high-energy (such as zumba) to less intense (some yoga), to fit all personal needs. Additionally, trainers at fitness centers can help individuals develop personal exercise routines and goals that fit their needs. With all these options, staying healthy should be easier than ever. Yet, Americans continue to struggle.

In a statement, Gallup said, “The national obesity rate in 2014 was the highest that Gallup and Healthways have measured since starting to track this measure in 2008,”

“In a handful of states, more than a third of the population is obese,” it added. “Obesity-related health problems could drive up healthcare costs and potentially have larger economic implications for states that suffer most.”