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 199
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
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 Metabolic and Heart Risks
- 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 disease
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
SOURCE: Wellness International Network Ltd – web.winltd.com
So, just what are the health implications of childhood obesity?
According to the Center for Disease Control, “being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including the following:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)”
Resolving this epidemic is going to take each and every one of us making better and healthier choices for our families. Having to fight advertising and corporate invasions in our school system it is a tough row to plow, but it is a well worth the investment and a first step in order to start turning the tides. But if this is beyond your present scope, you can start by making some changes at home.
Here are some suggestions:
- If a weight-loss program is necessary for a particular member of your family, make sure to involve the whole family in adding “healthy choices” so your child doesn’t feel singled out.
- You can encourage healthy eating by serving more fruits and vegetables and buying fewer sodas and high-calorie, high-fat snack or processed foods
- Physical activity can also help your child overcome weight issues as well as improve their overall health.