Your body is a gift. With it comes the responsibility to manage it properly through proper nutrition and exercise. More and more studies show that obesity is more of a health risk than smoking and over drinking.

 

 According to the U.S. Surgeon General report obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year.

 People that are obese die youger than heavy drinkers and those that smoke daily.

  People that are obese have more chronic health problems than smokers and heavy drinkers.

"Americans are getting fatter. One in five Americans is obese; three in five are either overweight or obese. The obesity rate has accelerated dramatically in the past 20 years, in conjunction with a national trend toward sedentary lifestyles. Obesity is linked to very high rates of chronic illnesses--higher than living in poverty, and much higher than smoking or drinking. In terms of chronic conditions, being obese is like aging from 30 to 50." - Randhealth surveys

"Obesity in proliferating in the United States: 3.8 million people are over 300 pounds, over 400,000 people (mostly males) carry over 400 pounds and the average adult female weighs an unprecedented 163 pounds!" - American Sports Data

"As with smoking, there is a clear motivation  to consider strategies aimed at reducing prevalence of obesity," - Eric A. Finkelstein, PhD, of RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C

Through proper diet and exercise you can not only live longer but enjoy life on a level that most can only imagine.

Obesity Statistics

America's Five Fastest Growing Health Concerns

 

 
 
 
Obesity*
61.0%
 
Diabetes
18.3%
 
Depression
19.1%
 
Impotence
9.2%
 
Aging Related Problems
22.5%
 

 


USA Obesity Rates Reach Epidemic Proportions

? 58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
? Eight out of 10 over 25's Overweight
? 78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations
? 25% completely Sedentary
? 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990

 

Obesity Related Diseases

? 80% of type II diabetes related to obesity
? 70% of Cardiovascular disease related to obesity
? 42% breast and colon cancer diagnosed among obese individuals
? 30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity
? 26% of obese people having high blood pressure

 

Obesity Related Disease Costs Overwhelm HealthCare System

? Type II Diabetes ($63.14 Billion)
? Osteoporosis ($17.2 Billion)
? Hypertension ($3.23 Billion)
? Heart Disease ($6.99 Billion)
? Post-menopausal breast cancer ($2.32 Billion)
? Colon Cancer ($2.78 Billion)
? Endometrial Cancer ($790 Million)

 

Cost of Lost Productivity

? Workdays lost: $39.3 Million
? Physician office visits: $62.7 Million
? Restricted Activity days: $29.9 Million
? Bed-Related days: $89.5 Million

 

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control

? 4% overweight 1982 | 16% overweight 1994
? 25% of all white children overweight 2001
? 33% African American and Hispanic children overweight 2001
? Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35 Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)

 

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control

? New study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of type II diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance)
? 60% already have one risk factor for heart disese

 

Surge in Childhood Diabetes

? Between 8% - 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
? Whereas 4% of Childhood diabetes was type II in 1990, that number has risen to approximately 20%
? Depending on the age group (Type II most frequent 10-19 group) and the racial/ethnic mix of group stated
? Of Children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese

References: National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)