Today I want to talk about adult and childhood obesity! This read is for anyone with children, grandchildren, and any adult!

Obesity is a big problem right now. It’s not just some small blip on the radar! It is bad, as a matter of fact!

Don’t believe me? Here are some shocking numbers

  • In the last 16 years, obesity has increased at alarming rates.  39 states have seen an increase in obesity of between 50- 80%.  WOW!
  • Since 1995, obesity rates in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee have gone up the fastest.
  • Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut have seen obesity rise the least.
  • Ten years ago there were no states with an obesity rate above 24%, now 43 states have higher obesity rates than the highest in 2000.
  • Diabetes rates have increased in ten states by 200% in the past 15 years.
  • Hypertension has increased from 22 – 26% in the last 15 years.
  • In 1980 less than 50% of Americans were overweight; today that number is more than 65% and growing.

1/3 of all children today will eventually suffer from diabetes, childhood obesity and much more!

According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information 10,000 chemicals are allowed to be added to food in the United States, either directly or indirectly, under the 1958 Food Additives Amendment to the 1938 Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (Public Law 85-929). An estimated 1000 chemicals are used under a “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) designation without US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval or notification.

80% of preventable disease risk factors are influenced by positive behaviors like:

  • Read Food Labels
  • Regular exercise
  • Good nutritional habits
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Quit smoking

How can something so simple be so devastating?  Well, it is not easy BUT IT IS POSSIBLE. Start making changes now!

Share the statistics with your loved ones.

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