Inactivity and obesity are huge issues for our country. Childhood inactivity was recently voted the #1 concern of parents. Obesity was viewed as the #1 health concern for Americans.
The obesity and sedentary crisis is draining America's economic resources. This epidemic is adversely impacting far too many families in our country. Please look at the "Cost of Obesity" counter above. There are other costs and consequences caused by the inactivity pandemic you will see below. We must get these issue under control.
In July of 2012, The Lancet, a leading expert on global health, has called physical inactivity “a pandemic with far-reaching health, economic, environmental and social consequences”.
It was then we dug into activity trends in America and around the world and realized this Pandemic was not only real but getting worse. Below is research from the Physical Activity Council which shows how this issue is impacting more and more Americans, especially our children.
While inactivity rates are increasing, the biggest concern is with our children. The percentage who are totally inactive* or 'couch potatoes' is alarming. Inactive children means increased health issues and cost. Inactive children are also not performing as well academically. And, an inactive child will more than likely become an inactive adult. We must turn this trend around.
Two studies came out in 2014 which are alarming. In the Physical Activity Council research, 2/3rd of all Americans are not active to healthy standards (average activity 3 times a week or more). And in the Designed to Move report, it was reported 80% of adults do not meet aerobic or muscle strength guidelines.
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, reports the state averages for the percentage of Americans who are obese by year. 68% of Americans were either obese or overweight in 2013.
Notice how the average weight of an American has increased 24lbs. since 1960. If you want to see more details, how your state ranks, and other key trends in the most recent F as in Fat Report.
The Fiscal Times reported in late 2014 that annual US obesity costs have increased to $305.1 . However, we can control this trend. We can provide programs like PEP and give Americans incentives through The PHIT Act which will help create a more active, fit and healthy America. See the projections by the Trust for America's Health for obesity related costs. And, notice how we can reduce this trend with lowering BMI's by just 1 or 5%.
Projected Obesity Related Healthcare Costs 2010 to 2030
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Look at the negative trends reported by Designed to Move. In the USA, physical activity has declined 32% in 44 years. See how this trend is projected to continue in the USA and around the world.
And, the Inactivity Pandemic stretches around the world.
The CDC reports that as weight increases reaching overweight and obese levels, the risks for the following conditions increase:
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