The Obesity Epidemic: What it Means for America & What Can Be Done About It

1 of 3 Adults is Obese in the U.S.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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More Information

See previous reporting by HelpingYouCare™ on:

New Report Shows Americans Getting Fatter; Serious Health & Policy Concerns

Which Foods Are Linked to Highest Weight Gain Every 4 Years?

Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps and

MyPlate Icon Replaces Food Pyramid (with links to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by USDA and HHS).

See also the HelpingYouCare™ resource pages on Wellness/ Healthy Living for Seniors & Caregivers, including:

Diet & Nutrition: Physical Wellness and

Exercise: Physical Wellness


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2 comments to The Obesity Epidemic: What it Means for America & What Can Be Done About It

  • overweight diabetes

    Diabetes and Obesity are now affecting the babies and children in record numbers. It is impossible to lose weight in the USA due to filthy food chemicals approved by the Government  
    You can lose weight…how?  
    Science study in Europe showed the best way to keep weight off is with a diabetes diet for NON DIABETICS!  
    The blood sugar in people without diabetes still controls how much fat the body holds. A filmmaker’s diet has caused a reversal of body fat in thousands in 10 countries

  • Please I beg you to stop feeding your children grains and sugars.
    A diet of meat (grass fed), fish and vegatables can reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.
    Sometimes the answer is right in front of our nose and our ego won’t let us see it.

    I.E. If cattle eat grass they are lean and healthy. If they eat grains and corn they get fat and profitable. Read this slowly 10 times and the truth may boil out in many facets.

    Ray Mercer ..Buffalo

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