Effects Of Obesity On The United States Essay

710 Words Nov 30th, 2014 3 Pages
Behavior/Lifestyle Issues
Traditionally, the culture of the United States is one of poor personal lifestyle choices leading to chronic illness and increasing obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one third, or 34.9% of Americans are considered obese (need CDC 1 reference here). Secondly, obesity is tied to an increase in the average cost of healthcare for one individual by over one thousand four hundred dollars annually. This amounts to a one hundred fourty-seven billion dollar healthcare cost for the nation (CDC 1 reference goes here). A lifetime of obesity is also associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer (CDC). According to the CDC behavioral and lifestyle risk factors are defined as things you can prevent or change to increase health. According to the latest statistics, the CDC estimates that between half and three quarters of the adult population do not meet aerobic or strength training recommendations to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The other three primary lifestyle modifications addressed in the statistics are smoking, drinking, and diet. So Americans are drinking too much, smoking too much, eating horribly, and not getting nearly enough exercise. All of these factors including obesity and all the associated high risk chronic diseases are costing the healthcare industry, and the country 1.34 trillion dollars annually (CDC). All of this cost is due to preventable behavior and…

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