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U.S. Gets “Big F” on Health Report Card

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  • The most recent health report card issued for the US predicts that half of all American adults will be obese by 2030. Obesity-related illness is predicted to raise national health care costs by $48 billion annually over the next two decades by adding another 7.9 million new cases of diabetes, 5 million cases of chronic heart disease and stroke, and 400,000 cancer cases
  • Recent research suggests that if obesity rates were to remain at 2010 levels, the combined savings in medical expenditures over the next two decades would be $549.5 billion. This is shocking because 2010 levels were anything but healthy
  • Two of the best ways to determine whether or not you may be overweight is by measuring waist circumference and/or body fat percentage. Your waist size is also a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most powerful ways to predict your risk for diabetes
  • I compiled a new waist circumference table that will allow you to easily look up your height and see what your ideal waist size and current classification is
  • A recent study found that the taste buds of obese children are less sensitive than normal weight children, which may have a detrimental effect on their food choices

By Dr. Mercola

In a health report card published in September, titled "F as in Fat," the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health predict that half of all American adults will be obese by 2030.

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