Obesity and what it is costing us…

I wanted to highlight what I think is a big deal in our country today. The obesity rate is on the rise and getting worse in most demographics. I don’t want to write a huge article here but I think the chart and stats are good indicators that we need to help change the way we all eat and move. It will take all of us encouraging and motivating each other to beat this monster. More than 1/3 of U.S. adults are obese! What!!??

Obesity is common, serious and costly
•More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine]
•Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
•The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

2010 State Obesity Rates
State % State % State % State %
Alabama 32.2 Illinois 28.2 Montana 23.0 Rhode Island 25.5
Alaska 24.5 Indiana 29.6 Nebraska 26.9 South Carolina 31.5
Arizona 24.3 Iowa 28.4 Nevada 22.4 South Dakota 27.3
Arkansas 30.1 Kansas 29.4 New Hampshire 25.0 Tennessee 30.8
California 24.0 Kentucky 31.3 New Jersey 23.8 Texas 31.0
Colorado 21.0 Louisiana 31.0 New Mexico 25.1 Utah 22.5
Connecticut 22.5 Maine 26.8 New York 23.9 Vermont 23.2
Delaware 28.0 Maryland 27.1 North Carolina 27.8 Virginia 26.0
District of Columbia 22.2 Massachusetts 23.0 North Dakota 27.2
Florida 26.6 Michigan 30.9 Ohio 29.2 West Virginia 32.5
Georgia 29.6 Minnesota 24.8 Oklahoma 30.4 Wisconsin 26.3
Hawaii 22.7 Mississippi 34.0 Oregon 26.8 Wyoming 25.1
Idaho 26.5 Missouri 30.5 Pennsylvania 28.6

If we don’t get a handle on this epidemic these number will rise. These stats are from 2010 and when I get my hands on more current stats I will share them. These are our friends, neighbors and family suffering. Would you let your loved ones drink poison knowingly? Why do we let them eat themselves into this kind of sickness? Think about it.

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