Today I want to talk about obesity

Obesity is a pretty big problem right now. It’s not just some small blip on the radar, it is pretty bad as a matter of fact.

Don’t believe me? Here are some shocking numbers

  • In the last 16 years, obesity has increased at alarming rates.  39 states have seen an increase in obesity of between 50- 80%.  WOW!
  • My state of Nebraska has gone up 80%
  • Since 1995, obesity rates in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee have gone up the fastest.
  • Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut have seen obesity rise the least.
  • Ten years ago there were no states with an obesity rate above 24%, now 43 states have higher obesity rates than the highest in 2000.
  • Diabetes rates have increased in ten states by 200% in the past 15 years.
  • Hypertension has increased from 22 – 26% in the last 15 years.
  • In 1980 less than 50% of Americans were overweight; today that number is more than 65% and growing.
  • 1/3 of all children today will eventually suffer from diabetes.
  • It is estimated that by 2020, half of all Americans will have chronic disease.

What is wrong with us when…

80% of preventable disease risk factors are influenced by positive behaviors like:

  • Regular exercise
  • Good nutritional habits
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Quit smoking

How can something so simple be so devastating?  Well, it is not easy BUT IT IS POSSIBLE.  Start making changes now!

Share the statistics with your loved ones.

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