The Facts about Obesity in America
Obesity in America is a huge problem, much greater than most people realize. And it isn’t a problem that began recently. It has been plaguing the people of this country and causing financial havoc in health care issues for a few generations.
Obesity is directly related to numerous serious illnesses and diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, strokes, gall bladder problems, cataracts (yes, eye problems, too) and many, many more.
In fact, thirty-four percent of all adults age 20 and over suffer from obesity and health and physical problems related to obesity. In terms of actual numbers of people, it’s staggering to think, but at present there are more than 72 million American adults who can be classified as obese. It is almost too large of a number to ponder … but it’s true.
Broken down further … 33.3% of all adult American males are classified as obese; 35.3% of all adult American females are obese. When you stop to consider the various health issues that result from obesity (see above), it’s disheartening to think that so many people will, at some point in their lives, face a serious and possible life-threatening health crisis.
And yet, that is the reality. Here’s an even more terrifying statistic. In a survey taken in 2003, just a few short years ago, a staggering 66% of all American adults – that’s 66% — were labeled obese. You don’t have to be a math genius to understand that the figure quoted represents two-thirds of America’s adult population.
Is it true? Perhaps yes … or maybe, just maybe, the number is somewhat inflated. But even if it is inflated, there are still far too many American adults, of both sexes, with too much weight on their bodies. Obesity is not a pretty picture. Those who are obese often suffer from issues of self-esteem, lack of self-discipline, self-loathing, mental or psychological problems … and that is unfortunate.
It is, of course, also unfortunate that obese people tax the United States health care system. They need to see doctors more frequently than normal-sized, healthier people, spend more time in hospitals, require more surgeries … and cost the U.S. HealthCare system too much money.
Even worse, of the numbers of Americans who are classified as obese, there are numbers within their ranks that are of even greater concern. That is this: 5% of all obese Americans can be called morbidly obese. These are people who are at least 100 pounds above the weight that is considered normal for their height and body type. Morbidly obese people are, of course, in grave danger. Their lives are always at risk. And they require much more medical attention and care than the average person.
By the way, 5% of Americans may not sound like a big number. So … look at it this way: there are 6-8 million adult Americans who are currently morbidly obese … 6-8 million people who risk strokes and heart attacks daily … who may be walking around already suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure or some other serious illness or dread disease.
It’s a terrible way for these unfortunate people to live … and it’s financially-troubling for the rest of us. Clearly, obesity is a serious problem.