Obesity in the United States has been cited as a increasing major health issue. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, American obesity rates are the highest in the world with 64% being overweight 26% are obese (”Obesity Trends”. North American Association for the study obesity.2006).
With obesity many chronic health problems develop, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and disability. Diabetes alone has become the seventh leading cause of death in the United States with the U.S. Department of Health estimating in 2008 that 57million adults aged 20 and older were pre-diabetic, 23.6 million type 2 diabetic (Diabetes Prevention Program, Department of Health and Human Services,2008).
Obesity, A PREVENTABLE DISEASE, is a contributing factor to approximately 100,000 - 400,000 deaths in the United States. It cost society an estimated $117 billion dollars in preventive, diagnostic and treatment services related to weight.
Here is my concern, we all know better. Why do we continue to destroy our health and the economic health of the United States? It does not take all that much effort to take a walk and eat more fruits and vegetables! Can we really be that LAZY!