Friday, January 16, 2009

I see fat people

U.S. statistics now show more than 34% of U.S. adults were obese in 2005-2006, compared with 32.7% who were overweight. The National Center for Health Statistics study, based on a survey of 4,356 adults, said the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980 while the prevalence of overweight has remained stable.

What is it going to take to reverse this trend in the United States? This is terribly depressing. Obesity affects the quality of life for millions of Americans and their families and leads to illnesses and shortened life spans. Imagine what healthcare costs would look like if this trend was reversed? Sorry for the social commentary, but I am passionate about healthcare and I wish more people were too.

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