Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. One third of American adults, adolescents and children are obese. At its current pace, obesity is estimated to affect almost half of the world’s adult population by 2030.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese. Today about 1 in 3 children and teens are overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. ith good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.
Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. The rise in weight and obesity related problems has not only cost billions of people their health but also carries significant costs to the economy. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Now Lets Get Fit Foundation is leading the charge to help reverse the negative impacts of obesity by educating people on how they can make healthier life decisions to reverse the effects and prevent obesity.
According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent.
Mississippi has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.7 percent. Ten of the 12 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. The CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by 2050.
Eighty percent of American adults do not meet the government's national physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening. Mississippi had the highest reported percentage of inactivity among adults at 36.8 percent
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