NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States may be at a tipping point. For decades, public health experts have warned Americans about the rising obesity rate, an epidemic that first emerged in the 1980s. Since then, the obesity rate for adult Americans has more than doubled. Fortunately, the epidemic appears to have stabilized, with the obesity rate plateauing in America around 2010. A confluence of factors helped curb the surging weight-gain, most notably an increased awareness in healthy lifestyles and the upsurge of fitness as a social norm in America. Last month, a new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the obesity rate dropped in multiple states for the first time in a decade last year. Four states, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, and Montana, experienced a decrease in obesity. This development coincides with a boom in the fitness industry, as more and more consumers begin to embrace active, health-conscious lifestyles. It has given rise to a fitness culture, where tens of millions of Americans rely on health clubs and boutique studios to maintain their body weight. According to 2015 data from Mediamark Research & Intelligence, over 100 million adults in the United States regularly exercise two or more times a week, an increase of 54 percent since 1995. "Personally, there is no better business than the business of helping people get and stay healthy. Professionally, the timing could not be better for those in and entering the fitness category. More people are exercising than ever before. There is a heightened sensitivity and receptiveness to a broad spectrum of fitness related concepts all servicing different niches in the space," stated Tim Kurtz Operating Partner, P-Fit Development owners of nine Planet Fitness clubs.