Obesity among adults in the United States is on the rise. In 2009, about 2.4 million more adults were obese than just two years before in 2007. Health complications from obesity are serious and increase medical costs. In 2008, the medical care costs of obesity in the United States totaled a staggering $147 billion. While the obesity rate varies from state to state, this epidemic has affected every part of the United States. In every state, more than 15 percent of adults are obese, and in nine states, over 30 percent of adults are obese.
Societal and diet/nutrition changes have accompanied the rise in obesity. For example, many communities are built in ways that make it difficult or unsafe to be physically active. Also, Americans have less access to stores and markets that provide healthy, affordable food such as fruits and vegetables, and unhealthy foods with high sugar, fat, and salt content tend to be easier and cheaper to buy.
Obesity is a complex problem that needs the involvement of the government, communities, and individuals to solve. You can help! To join the efforts to curb obesity, communities across the country can:
How are you changing your community into a place that strongly supports healthy eating and active living? We would love to hear from you!
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CDC’s Vital Signs: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/AdultObesity/