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Animated map shows the raging obesity epidemic in the United States PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Friday, 14 July 2006 00:00

On a recent trip to the beach I observed as a 3 year old, that could hardly walk, cross in front of me. He could hardly walk because he had layers and layers of fat on his body with most of the fat on his stomach. Another older boy was being teased and chased by someone who looked like his older brother. He had fat all over his body and after a short and tragic attempt at a run fell over while his brother mockingly laughed at him. 

Looking at the children at the beach an incredibly high number of them were overweight and many were obese. There were many kids with rolls and rolls of fat all over their bodies. Many of the adults were in even worse shape. Many were overweight, some were obese, and some were morbidly obese. Statistics show that 6 of 10 Americans are overweight or obese and over 15% of children are overweight or obese. 

American obesity – it’s the epidemic that is raging all over the country in plain sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. “In 1991, four states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent and no states had rates at or above 20 percent. In 2003, 15 states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent; 31 states had rates of 20–24 percent; and 4 states had rates more than 25 percent.”

An animated map now shows this unfolding tragedy. The map located online at http://health.msn.com/reports/obesity/default.aspx based on CDC data shows from 1985 to 2004 the massive increase in this national problem. 

“Obesity is not a benign disorder,” says William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. “It’s a major public health concern because it is associated with chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some types of cancer.” 

According to the CDC Foundation, “In children, being overweight leads to hypertension, abnormal lipid values, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, and bony abnormalities – particularly of the legs. Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult onset diabetes, is now occurring in adolescents.” 

While there has been some attention by some to this problem, the tragedy continues to worsen. As more and more people become overweight and obese, it is becoming considered “normal” by society. If we as a society don’t start to seriously address this problem at every level the tragedy will only deepen with disastrous and tragic results.


Source: Obesity in America – MSN Health & Fitness
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