Not everyone in the world needs to be skinny but everyone in the world needs to be as healthy or at least strive for it. CDC is reporting that 30% of Americans in nine states are obese. An estimated $150 billion is spent each year on obesity health related problems such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.
The U.S. is losing the battle of the bulge.
No state in the nation met this year’s targets for reducing obesity, and the number of states reporting an obesity rate of 30 percent or more has tripled, to nine, since 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report today. About 75 million Americans now are considered obese, the Atlanta-based CDC said.
Being fat is costing Americans as much as $150 billion a year from related health problems such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer, with obese people carrying yearly medical expenses almost $1,500 more than people of normal weight, the CDC said in the report. The Obama administration and public- health officials have expressed concern that people eat too much, don’t eat enough of the right foods, and get too little physical activity.
“This is a call to action for the nation,” Heidi Blanck, the CDC’s branch chief for obesity prevention and control, said in an interview. “It took over a decade for smoking prevention efforts to take effect. We’re still in our infancy on diet and exercise.”
The nine states with obesity rates over 30% are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.