Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death (after smoking), and can raise your risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, gout and asthma.

  • 2 out of every 3 American adults are overweight
  • More than 1/3 of U.S. adults are obese.
  • 1 in 3 US children are overweight or obese
  • During the past 30 years, adult obesity rates have doubled.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children ages 2-19 has more than tripled.
  • Diabesity= obesity leading to the development of Diabetes
  • 1/3 of Diabetics are UNDIAGNOSED
  • The number 1 killer from diabetes is CVD (cardiovascular disease): hypertension, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
  • The risk of CVD in patients with Type 2 diabetes is more than double compared with those of the same age without diabetes.
  • Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2-4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
  • Stroke events, myocardial infarction (MI), sudden death, and angina pectoris are at least twofold more common in patients with type 2 diabetes than in individuals without diabetes
  • 30 minutes of exercise, 5 x per week, reduces the development of diabetes by 58%.
  • On average, Americans consume between 150-300 calories a day than they did 25 years ago.
  • $147 Billion/year is spent by US Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers on obesity related healthcare
  • Obese People consume an estimated 40% more health care dollars compared to non-obese people

Where are we headed?

  • The current generation of children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents
  • 1/3 US children are expected to develop diabetes
  • Over 1 in 4 Americans age 17-24 years are unfit for military   service due to obesity
Source: www.cdc.gov/diabetes

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