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Obesity Rates 44%?

Posted on 12/12/2012

According to the new report out this week by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through Preventobesity.net, the national obesity rate in the United States could reach at least 44 percent by 2030 if we do not do something about it now. Illinois is facing a possible obesity rate of 53.7 percent by 2030!

No state in the country would be immune from the effects of obesity rates being more than 40 percent -- type II diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis would prevail. However, we are fortunate to learn that if we only lower the average body mass index (BMI) by just 5 percent in each state by 2030, millions of Americans would be spared from these diseases and billions of dollars in healthcare spending could be saved.

What can you do? Well, tell your governor to take obesity prevention serious since it is a public health crisis. If you live in Illinois, ask Governor Pat Quinn what he is planning to do to reduce obesity in our state.  If you live elsewhere, ask your governor the same question.

Estimates released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show adult obesity rates in 2030 could surpass 60 percent in 13 states, and at least 44 percent in every state. That means the number of people suffering from type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020, and then double again by 2030. 

These are staggering, grim statistics! Let's be sure to not get where we are currently heading. 

Want more information about obesity prevention? Go to preventobesity.net to learn more and take action today!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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