Thursday, January 10, 2013

Do You Know All the Risks of Obesity? Most Americans Don't

I just read an interesting article telling of a recent poll in which many Americans don't know many of the risks associated with obesity.  Of course, most (70%) identified heart disease and diabetes as a consequence of obesity, but few realized these consequences of obesity:

  • Being overweight increases the risk of developing many cancers, including colon, breast, prostate and uterus.
  • Being overweight can contribute to arthritis
  • Being overweight can cause joint problems, especially the knees
  • Being overweight  leads to an increased risk of high cholesterol
  • Being overweight  leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Being overweight  leads to an increased risk of stroke
  • Being overweight leads to an increased risk of infertility
  • Being overweight leads to an increased risk
  • Being overweight leads to an increased risk of respiratory problems
  • Being overweight leads to an increased risk of sleep apnea
  • Being overweight leads to an increased risk of asthma

Another finding was that many Americans think that they and their children are not overweight when studies show that 2/3 of U.S. adults and 1/3 of children and teens are overweight or obese.

What is the take-away from this?






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