Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Lean-ness
Especially when we travel, I’m shocked and saddened by the general health of American men and women, as evidenced by the increasingly high percentage of obese and morbidly obese folks, typically standing in line at the JiffyMart with a cart full of Little Debbie Cakes and soda.
But apparently, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Stand back. America is undergoing expansion. Consider the outclips below from HealthNews. Saddest of all, this is entirely preventable. Page two offers some suggestons.
Are there efforts in your community to influenceÂ advertisers, educate eaters, train dietary staff and offer locally-produced healthy food instead of high-fructose corn-based poison on a bun?
If rates of obesity continue to follow the current trends, half of the United States population will suffer from obesity within the next two decades. With projections that the number of obese people in America will climb from 99 million in 2008 to 164 million by 2030, obesity-related diseases and health care costs are expected to soar. The disturbing information come from a new report recently published in the journal The Lancet.
The rise in obesity is expected to lead to 7.8 million additional cases of diabetes, and 6.8 million more cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, as well as 539,000 added cancer cases by 2030.
The study also found that rates of obesity differ by gender and ethnicity, with about 25 percent of all American men being obese in 2008, compared to 30 percent of white women, 33 percent of Hispanic women, and 46 percent of black women.
According to the report, if the U.S. population would just collectively lose about two pounds, more than 2 million cases of diabetes could be prevented, along with about 1.5 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and 73,000 to 127,000 cancer cases.