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Excess Weight and Obesity - A Growing Epidemic

EpidemicA health crisis is sweeping the world and it has already become the fast-growing source of disease and death in the U.S. Excess weight and obesity are causing this epidemic ... which is completely preventable by lifestyle changes.

The statistics are chilling. According to U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, nearly two of out of every three Americans are now either overweight or obese, mainly because of poor food choices and lack of exercise. Some 31% of the population suffers from actual obesity, which is defined as being 30 lbs or more over the weight considered healthy by doctors for a person's size. Extreme obesity is classified as being 80 lbs or more overweight.

One in every eight deaths in the U.S. is caused by illnesses directly related to the victims being overweight or obese. These illnesses include the nation's number one killer - heart disease. Life expectancy rates, which have been rising for 200 years, are now going into reverse because of the scourge of excess weight and obesity.

It's not just adults who are at risk. In the 1960s, just over 4% of 6 to 17-year-olds in the U.S. were overweight. Since then, the number has more than tripled to over 15%. And the problem doesn't end when children grow up. Nearly three out of four overweight teenagers are at risk of becoming overweight adults.

Private insurance spending on weight-related illnesses in the U.S. has grown more than tenfold since 1987, with the increase in weight gain and obesity fueling a dramatic rise in the amount spent on treating heart disease, high cholesterol levels and various forms of Diabetes such as Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as other symptoms.

EpidemicAccording to a report published in an online journal of health policy and research called Health Affairs, employers and privately-insured families spent $36.5 billion on obesity-linked illnesses in 2002, the most recent year for which figures are available and up from an inflation-adjusted $3.6 billion in 1987. There is some evidence that suggests the figure may since have more than doubled to $75 billion. If factors such as lost productivity from obesity-related illness are included, the annual cost to the U.S. has soared way past the $100 billion mark.

Weight loss via a balanced, nutritious diet and regular exercise is a key factor in avoiding or reversing many of these obesity-linked illnesses, which have Insulin Resistance as a common underlying cause.

A huge increase in irreversible Type 2 Diabetes as a result of the current obesity epidemic caused a 64% rise in treatment costs between 1987 and 2002. But before most people develop Type 2 Diabetes, they suffer from Pre-Diabetes - a reversible condition in which glucose levels are elevated above normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.

Left unchecked, however, Pre-Diabetes can lead to the Type 2 variety. Once it takes hold, Type 2 Diabetes, which may require daily insulin injections for life, can significantly increase the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease.

The number of people being treated for heart-damaging high cholesterol levels linked to obesity has risen by 10% since 1987. Yet weight loss can also lower high cholesterol and other illnesses like the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) and the leading cause of female infertility known as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

The good news is that the Insulite System for Excess Weight and Obesity can help to reverse Pre-Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and PCOS. By offering a scientifically-designed approach to reversing Insulin Resistance via weight loss, it can to set you on the road to better health and a greater sense of well-being.

(1) The rising prevalence of treated disease: effects on private health insurance spending. - Thorpe KE, Florence CS, Howard DH, Joski P.Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Jan-Jun;Suppl Web Exclusives:W5-317-W5-325. PMID: 15983005

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"The United States is experiencing an epidemic of obesity. Thirty-four percent of adults are overweight and an additional 30% are obese. Thus, 2 of every 3 Americans have an unhealthy body weight. Obesity contributes to over 300,000 deaths per year, principally through its association with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several cancers. Obesity currently is the second leading cause of preventable death and will soon surpass cigarette smoking, the leading cause. Health economists estimate that obesity costs our nation approximately $100 billion a year. And these figures say nothing about the personal suffering of those affected by obesity."
Testimony of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, 9.15.2004 (.PDF)

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