Obesity is a significant problem in the United States right now. Unfortunately, it is like a fierce virus growing daily and silently infecting millions of people every day. It creeps up on you slowly and without much warning, and before you know it you are suffering from the devastating side effects it leaves behind. Let’s take a look at some significant numbers:
In the last 16 years, obesity has increased at alarming rates. 39 states have seen an increase in obesity of between 50- 80%. WOW!
Since 1995, obesity rates in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee have gone up the fastest.
The state of Nebraska has gone up 80%
Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut have seen obesity rise the least.
Ten years ago there were no states with an obesity rate above 24%, now 43 states have higher obesity rates than the highest in 2000.
Diabetes rates have increased in ten states by 200% in the past 15 years.
Hypertension has increased from 22 – 26% in the last 15 years.
In 1980 less than 50% of Americans were overweight; today that number is more than 65% and growing.
1/3 of all children today will eventually suffer from diabetes.
It is estimated that by 2020, half of all Americans will have chronic disease.
What does that tell us about our lifestyles when…
80% of preventable disease risk factors are influenced by positive behaviors like:
· Regular exercise
· Good nutritional habits
· Limit alcohol consumption
· Quit smoking
What positive healthy behaviors can you start incorporating daily to prevent or improve your disease or your risk factors?
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