The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as part of its StreamingHealth video series, has recently produced a video examining the obesity epidemic in America, what has caused it, what it means for the U.S., and what can be done about it.
According to the video, in the U.S. approximately 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 6 children is obese. Obesity is a leading cause of serious chronic diseases and death, and costs this country approximately $150 Million in health care expenditures per year, the CDC reports.
This is 10% of the nation’s total medical expenditures each year, the video states.
These statistics are consistent with the findings of a significant report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, recently issued by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
In text accompanying its new video, the CDC stated: “Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.” “We need to change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living,” the CDC advised.
In the video, the CDC explains certain societal, economic and cultural factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic in America, and features several community initiatives being taken to combat the epidemic.
“This video explains the many factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic, and showcases several community initiatives taking place to prevent and reduce obesity,” the CDC wrote.
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