A Fat, $100 Billion, Crisis
September 29, 2007
Obesity is now costing Americans $100 billion in health care expenditures, and causes more than 400,000 premature deaths each year. A number of studies have demonstrated links between obesity and a whole host of serious medical conditions, such as:
Gastro esophageal reflux
High blood pressure
Coronary artery disease
A 2007 study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimates that 74 percent of American adults and 24 percent of American children will be overweight or obese by the year 2015.
The current statistics show 66 percent of adults and 16 percent of children are overweight or obese.
The cause for the dramatic rise in obesity since the 1970’s is thought to include:
Increased fast food consumption
Increased portion sizes of restaurant food and grocery products
Increased driving and computer use (sedentary activities)
Endocrine disorders and genetics
Changing social perceptions of what is "normal" weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health July 10, 2007
San Francisco Gate August 26, 2007