A local newspaper published an article on obesity yesterday. It gave some shocking facts about the state of obesity in the country. On browsing the Internet, I got additional information on obesity in US. After reading all the information that was there I thought obesity is the biggest threat that the nation is facing now and should be addressed with the first priority. I have given a few of the facts on obesity below for you, which are staggering.
Obesity has been cited as a major and increasing health issue in the United States in recent decades. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, American obesity rates lead the world with 64% of adults being overweight and almost a quarter being obese. Estimates of the number of American adults who were obese rose from 23.7% in 2003 to 24.5% in 2005. In addition, 16% of active duty U.S. military personnel are obese, and it is currently the largest single cause for the discharge of soldiers. The economic cost attributable to obesity in the United States has been estimated to be as high as $100 billion/yr.
If a ranking is given to the states in US -Colorado has the leanest and healthiest Americans with only 17.8% obesity, while Mississippi tops out as the state with the most massive Americans, with 30.9%. And what I noticed is the eastern states in the country are more obese than the states at the west coast.