Let’s sit down for a moment and talk about one of the hottest topics in America right now beside the season finally of “Breaking Bad”, or the questionable, inappropriate behavior of Miley Cyrus in the VMA’a awards. Let’s talk about a topic that has a lot more to do with “us” as individuals, and as a country. Something that can affect our lives, and the lives of the people we love, and our own pockets. Lets talk about an issue that is being pushed by the media and by the experts harder and harder every day. Lets talk about obesity, it’s health related risks, and how it affects the United States of America.
Some of you may say I am being a bit dramatic here, but if you focus on the facts, you too will be able to see the risks that such lifestyle holds. In September 2012, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a concerning report, addressing the growing obesity rate in the United States. According to the detailed analysis of F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012, by 2030 adult obesity rates in each state are likely to result in a rise of obesity-related diseases that will have a direct effect on health care costs.
According to webmd.com, some of the obesity related risks include r gallstones, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), a stroke, and sleep apnea, among other conditions. Considering that, the projections for medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year in the United States, and the loss in economic productivity could be between $390 billion and $580 billion annually by 2030.
If those are not some scary numbers, I don’t know what is. What amazing is, that these conditions are simple to prevent; and even dropping your BMI by only 5%, can considerably reduce your risk for obesity related illness. By adapting healthier eating habits, proper supplement intake, incorporating more active habits into our every day lives, and reducing the number of times we go through a drive through as a quick lunch solution, we can significantly lessen the potential health risks that come along with a dangerous weight gain, and live better, longer, and be much, much happier.