Nation's Obesity Rates Reach Epidemic Proportions
The latest obesity statistics are alarming. They are also very frightening, as we have become a nation of fat, sedentary, unhealthy people.
Here are just a few of the facts:
In the USA, 58 million people are overweight, 40 million are considered obese and 3 million are morbidly obese. Eight out of 10 people over the age of 25 are overweight. 78% of Americans are not meeting basic activity recommendations and 25% of Americans are completely sedentary. Since 1999, there has been a 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 years old.
Did you know that 80% of Type II Diabetes is directly related to obesity? 70% of Cardiovascular disease is also related to obesity, along with 42% of breast and colon cancer diagnoses. 30% of gall bladder surgery is related to obesity and 26% of obese people have high blood pressure.
Among the saddest of statistics has to do with our children. 32% of American schoolchildren are overweight or obese, representing an entire generation that will be burdened with weight-related health problems as it ages.
So, what are the health implications of childhood obesity?
According to the Center for Disease Control, being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following: Hypertension (high blood pressure), Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint), Type II Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Gallbladder Disease, Sleep Apnea, respiratory problems, and some forms of cancers including breast and colon.
We must all do our part to help resolve this horrifying epidemic. We can start by making healthier food choices for ourselves and for our families, and committing to exercise at least three times per week. A walk around the block is a great place to start! A visit to The Heartland will help, too!