Friday, October 3, 2008

Our Fat Future?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the obesity epidemic in the United States if only expected to get worse. Right now, our obesity rates look like this:

Normal = 38%
Overweight = 28%
Obese = 34%

But, by the year 2030, the population is expected to look like this:

Normal = 10%
Overweight = 37%
Obese = 53%

Can you imagine it? With 90% of our adult population overweight or obese by 2030, the accompanying healthcare expenditures for obesity-related diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and certain cancers will be staggering.

You may be asking yourself, “Just who is considered overweight, anyway?” - so consider that a woman who is 5’4“ tall would be considered overweight at about 145lbs and obese at about 174lbs.

Something to think about...and while you’re thinking, take a look at Killer at Large at or (if you really want something to think about).

Thanks for reading,

Shawn Talbott, PhD

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