If you’re not shocked, prepare to be. An article posted on MSN.com discusses the United States current obesity levels and our related health care tab.
The study showed that “nearly twice as many U.S. adults are obese compared to European, a key factor leading Americans to suffer more often from cancer, diabetes and other chronic ailments. Treatment of these and other chronic diseases adds between $100 billion and $150 billion to the annual health care tab in the U.S.”
In my opinion smoking, drinking, fast food and sedentary jobs/lifestyles all contribute to our large and growing health care problem in this country.
The study also found that The United States spends significantly more per capita than any European country on health care, about $2 trillion annually, or 16 percent of the gross domestic product.
Is this disturbing trend a result of our unhealthy behaviors? I think so!
Other disturbing trends found that Among men, 71 percent are overweight, including 31 percent who are obese. Among women, 62 percent are overweight, including 33 percent who qualify as obese.
Three hundred thousand people die each year due to obesity-related causes, making it the second leading cause of death after smoking.
Among boys ages 2 to 19, 18 percent are overweight or obese. Among girls ages 2 to 19, 16 percent are overweight or obese.
So what’s the solution? Call me at 651-402-8847 and we’ll have a long discussion!