Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN posted forPacific Medical Training, that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of US adults have obesity—this dietary driven disease kills more than twice as many people as infectious disease.
Obesity is a growing problem among people from all walks of life—this is especially true with children since the convenience of technology usage has limited their physical activity, and the availability of overly processed foods, such as pizza, sugary snacks, other fast food, have made children overweight.
Physicians have correlated, through recent studies, that obesity can be attributed to some diseases including diabetes, heart problems, and even some forms of cancer. These non-communicable chronic diseases will cost our global economy $47 trillion over the next 20 years.
Fortunately, preventative measures can be taken to help combat obesity, and with a few lifestyle changes, people of all ages can lose weight, be healthier, and live a longer and fuller life.
WHO: Obesity and Overweight – CDC provides key facts and global estimates about the obese and overweight population
The Global Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases – a snapshot of the five major noncommunicable diseases and a summary of the global economic impact
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