- "Obesity" is a condition of excess body fat, which puts a person at increased
risk for developing heart disease, Type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood
pressure and asthma.
- Obesity is the result of the body's inability to balance calorie intake
and energy expenditure.
- 55% of all adult Americans - 100 million people - are overweight.
- One out of three adult Americans is obese.
- In the next 10 years, 70 to 80 percent of all heart disease deaths will occur in people with Type II diabetes, a condition I call "diabesity" since Type II diabetes is so frequently associated with obesity. In fact, obesity is the number one cause of Type II diabetes.
- Half of all cases of hypertension are attributed to obesity.
- Obesity can be evaluated several ways:
- A measurement called body mass index (BMI). BMI is a simple calculation based on height and
weight. A person is considered overweight if their BMI > 25 and
obese if their BMI > 30. To calculate your BMI, multiply weight
in pounds by 704.5 and divide this number by height in inches squared or
click here www.4Meridia.com for an easy-to-use
- Measuring total waist circumference. A waist circumference more than 40 inches
in men and more than 35 inches in women signifies increased risk in those
with a BMI of greater than 25.
- Consideration of other disease risk factors associated with obesity (e.g.,
diabetes and hypertension).
- An estimated 97 million Americans (55 percent of the U.S. population) are
overweight or obese -- 59 million are overweight and 38 million are obese.
- Over the past 20 years, the number of children who are overweight has increased
by more than 50 percent. The number of obese children has nearly doubled.
- Forty percent of non-Hispanic Blacks and nearly one quarter of Mexican
Americans are obese.
- Obesity rates among African-American girls are the fastest growing among
any demographic group in the country.
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