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The number of lives lost in the United States to obesity has more than doubled between 1993 and 2008, while the prevalence of obesity increased a whopping 89.9 percent. Researchers studied trends in obesity among U.S. adults and found the overall health burden of obesity in all gender, race and ethnic subgroups across all 50 states. From 1993 to 2008, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults increased from 14.1 percent to 26.7 percent.
Greg’s Comments: This trend is not isolated to the United States alone and we are seeing the same trends amongst all Western World countries. The sad fact is that obesity is not a typical disease as we know but a lifestyle illness accentuated by poor diet and lack of exercise…..both of which we are in control of.
Reference: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 2010