Diseases that travel with obesity include, but are not limited to:
cirrhosis of the liver
By 2030, the United States will be 65% overweight and 165 MILLION Americans will be obese.
S.L. Gortmaker et al., "Changing the Future of Obesity: Science, Policy, and Action." Lancet 378 (2011): 838-47
From 1980-today, Carbohydrate intake has increased from 40% to 55%
P.Chanmugam et al., "Did fat intake in the United States Really Decline Between 1989-1991 and 1994-1996?" J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 103 (2003): 867-72.
A study done in 2005 showed that despite the increase in medical care availability, our children will be the first generation of Americans who die before their forebears.
S.J. Olshansky et al., "A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century," New Engl. J. Med. 352 (2005): 1138-45.
The waste in medical expenditure is now $147 BILLION / year.
Expected to increase to $192 Billion by 2020.
For my friends who love graphs:
this is the incline in childhood obesity since 1971-2012.
16.9% of 2-19 year olds are obese, with another 14.9% overweight.
That is 31.8% of children who are overweight OR Obese.(in 2012)
I'm using these statistics to build awareness that we DO have a problem, and to show there ARE solutions.
Be mindful of your health.
You really are what you eat, and if your body is a living, breathing, organic machine, then you should fuel it as such.
Eating better doesn't have to be more expensive,
Here's 10 effective ways to eat healthy, cheap!