Obesity Epidemic in America
Posted: May 24, 2012
With all we have learned over the years as well as the information available for healthier living and eating it would be hard to imagine that the rate of obesity in America continues rise. Yet one of the biggest stories in the health industry year after year is the rise of obesity in both adults and children in the United States. Obesity is determined by the body mass index or BMI using weight and height to calculate a number that for the average person would correlate with their amount of body fat. These numbers are not completely accurate, it does not take into account muscle density and the actual physical shape, but it does give an indication.
|18.5 to 24.9||Healthy weight|
|25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|30 or higher||Obese|
Over the last twenty years we have learned so much about what is healthy, what is not healthy, how to be healthier, and live longer it is alarming that obesity would continue to rise over this time.
As you can see from the map above obesity continues to escalate over the last 20 years despite the education out there to help us live healthier lives. While calling obesity an epidemic may be a little strong, the fact remains that obesity is one of the biggest challenges that faces the healthcare industry. It leads to diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, reproductive disorders, osteoarthritis, and cancer, among others. The strain that obesity puts on our healthcare system is overwhelming and it could be said is one of the reasons that healthcare costs continue to soar.
The numbers for obesity are shocking and also baffling, with the amount of knowledge out there we should be able to a make concentrated effort to make lifestyle changes to live healthier and longer lives.