The High Cost of Obesity in America

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    We are a country of expanding waistlines. Sedentary lifestyles have become the most prevalent. Children’s games involving exercise have been replaced by computer animation with a bag of chips near every keypad. Adults sit in front of computer screens as a profession, analyzing data sent by other adults who are sitting in front of computer screens as a profession with a bag of chips near every keypad.

    Statistics on Obesity in America


    About one-third of Americans are currently overweight, with about 35% meeting the criteria for obesity and all the health issues that accompany obesity. As the pounds increase so does the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and a number of different cancers and forms of arthritis.

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    Obesity Rates to Soar by 2030


    The medical community has fired repeated warning shots, and the danger of obesity to the public health has been given more than sufficient attention. With such a flood of information, the general public is well aware of the risks of faulty eating habits and a lack of exercise. Armed with knowledge and fair warning, people have rallied and… well, not really. Not unless the rally was so low profile that it fell off the radar. The unfortunate truth is that 42% of all adults in the United States will be obese by the year 2030.


    Supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Trust for America’s Health projects a spike in adult obesity rates to over 60% by 2030 in thirteen states. An additional 39 states could have rates that go beyond fifty percent. Mississippi, the state that currently has the highest obesity rate of thirty-five percent, is expected to have a rate of sixty-seven percent by 2030. Even Colorado, which boasts the lowest obesity rates, is expected to rise to forty-five percent by 2030.

    The Consequences of An Obese America

    Health Consequences


    Obviously, the health hazards caused by obesity will be the most notable repercussion. Obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension will double by 2030, and the numbers are staggering. Projections call for 6 million new cases of diabetes, 5 million new cases of heart disease and stroke, and more than 400,000 new cases of cancer. The impact will alter the quality of life for millions of Americans and place additional burden on the healthcare system.

    Financial Consequences


    Obesity-related problems currently account for about nine percent of our nations yearly health expenses. Estimates of the cost of obesity to the healthcare system are over 147 billion dollars. Costs are expected to rise between 48 and 68 billion dollars over the next two decades.


    Obesity in America: What Can Be Done?

    Small changes are recommended for nationwide improvements. If states could reduce the adult body mass index by 5% no state would have an obesity rate beyond 60%. For the average weight adult, a one percent reduction in body mass index is equivalent to a 2.2 pound weight loss.

    Simple alterations in lifestyle such as consuming one less sugary drink per day or no longer keeping snacks at home are commitments that would result in meaningful improvements. Replacing one hour of television or computer time each day with an hour of physical activity would certainly promote healthy and useful result.

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    You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003, and since that time my journey from processed food junkie to healthy living so as to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management. Whether you are planning or have had bariatric surgery, or you want to lose weight through non-surgical means, my shareposts along the way will help you to navigate your journey successfully.

Published On: October 10, 2012