Americans unaware of obesity health risks
Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Numerous health problems accompany obesity, most notably a dramatically increased risk of diabetes and the dangers of heart disease. Thankfully, many Americans are familiar with this connection. However, only five percent of Americans are aware that obesity also raises the risk of cancer and respiratory disease.
In a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, despite 50 percent self-reporting to be of normal weight. With such a limited understanding of the consequences of obesity, Americans could be facing new epidemics that accompany weight gain.
These findings are especially prescient among young people, whose rising obesity rates are particularly troubling. This report indicates that further education is necessary on the risks of obesity, as well as increased implementation of preventive measures.