According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Americans are among the most unhealthiest people in the world and the most obese people in the world. 33% of American adults are obese and unfortunately obesity-related deaths have increased to over 30,000 a year second to tobacco related deaths. It has been observed that African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Hawaiians and Pima Indians living in Arizona are more likely to be overweight or obese than their White counter-parts. The American diet and lifestyle has led to the obesity crisis; eating fast-foods, microwave/TV dinners, processed foods , refined foods and high sugar foods has led to the epidemic, not to mention the lack of physical activity
Obesity is defined as being more than 20 percent over your ideal weight. To determine ones ideal weight you must take into account the person’s height, age, sex, and build. Obesity has been more precisely defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 and above. BMI is a key index for relating body weight to height; since the BMI describes the body weight relative to height, it correlates strongly in adults.
The medical costs associated with obesity is staggering. Medical problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain forms of cancer, gallstone/gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and Pickwickian syndrome account for the alarming high costs of treating the obese; see statistics and further details at http://www.getamericafit.org.
If not addressed, there is a concern that American children and adolescence obesity will persist into adulthood. It has been estimated that “childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years”. Many schools have ban sodas, junk foods and candy from vending machines in an effort to combat this growing problem. For more information on childhood obesity see the CDC http://www.cdc.org search childhood obesity. There is a recent article in the Boston Business Journal http://www.bostonbusinessjournal.com titled Childhood obesity crisis drives local innovation. The article is well worth reading; it certainly focuses on American children’s sedentary lifestyle and opportunities for change.