What Is The Cost of Obesity To The Society?
Obesity costs this country about $150 billion a year, or almost 10 percent of the national medical budget. Approximately one in three adults and one in six children are obese. Obesity is epidemic in the United States today and a major cause of death, attributable to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
What is the cost of obesity as an individual?
According a study by George Washington University, the annual costs of being obese are $4,879 for an obese woman and $2,646 for an obese man. On the other hand, the study found that the overall annual costs of being overweight are $524 and $432 for women and men, respectively. For both genders, the incremental costs of obesity are much higher than the incremental costs of being overweight. In addition to the direct cost of obesity, adding the value of lost life to these annual costs produces even more dramatic results. Adding the cost of years of life lost, according to the study, increased the annual cost of obesity to a staggering $8,365 for obese women and $6,518 for obese men!
What is causing the obesity epidemic?
At its simplest, obesity results from people consuming more calories than their bodies burn, but it’s a more complex problem than that. People didn’t decide to become overweight. Their weight gain is a consequence of complicated changes in the environment, where food is more readily available and opportunities for physical activity are lacking.
What are the factors contributing to the rise in obesity?
Societal, economic, cultural conditions have all contributed to the rise in obesity. One contributing factor is the fact that the way we eat has changed over the last 50 years partly because of the failed food pyramid advocated by the USDA which was recently withdrawn. Americans are eating more grain based, so called low fat foods which, as they tend to be high glycemic, leading to a new problem called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome that affects up to one in three adults. Since insulin resistance leads to compensatory increase in the production of insulin by the body, this leads to increased levels of a very anabolic hormone called insulin. Lear more.
How can we W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America’s Program Help Deal With The Obesity Epidemic?
Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance or are considered “pre-diabetic” which could be the main reason that people are overweight? Losing just 5-10% of your weight will help you reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes and
even some cancers.
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