35.7% of adults are obese and 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years old are obese.* Since 1980 obesity among children and adults has almost tripled. One of 7 low-income pre school aged children is obese. It is predicted that by 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese.
28% of Georgians are obese. In Mississippi, 34.9% of the population is obese.
Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for the following:
High Blood pressure, osteosarthritis, high cholesterol or high triglycerides, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems and some cancers. This means that obesityis a contributing factor in five of the top ten contributing factors of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
With the number of obese people increasing, there will also be an increase in health care costs estimated to be $550 billion dollars.
What about the children. About 50% of severe obesity in adults is the consequence of obesity in childhood. In 2009 approximately 94% of schools served a lunch that failed to meet federal standards for healthy school meals. 80% of the lunches served in those schools exceeded federal recommendations for total fat and saturated fat.
So not only are adults obese, the children of obese adults are becoming obese.
A number of reasons have been cited as to the cause of childhood obesity but they are pretty straight forward. Eating less nutritional meals and exercising less. Sitting in front of a tv does not burn alot of calories. We need to go back to encouraging outdoor physical activity at anThis is an epidemic we can stop.