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The Cost of Obesity in the USA in 2014 Keeps Rising

Inactive Obese 2The Tremendous Impact of the Inactivity Pandemic and Obesity

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 obesity and sedentary crisis you will see below. We must get these issue under control.


Inactivity & Obesity Crisis

The Lancet - "Inactivity is a Pandemic"


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.

80 Million Americans Are Inactive 

While some surveys show inactivity numbers may be leveling, there is still 80 million Americans who are totally sedentary or don't participate in 104 different activities once in the prior year. This represents 28% of all Americans, up from 25% in 2007.
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Inactivity Trends By Age 

If you look at the trends by age, you see some segments leveling off but children, especially 13 - 17 year olds, are becoming increasing inactive. We must turn this trend around. An inactive child will more than likely become an inactive adult. The best progress is with older Americans who see activity as a great way to live a longer, healthier life.

 2013 by Age

2/3rd of Americans - Not Active To Healthy Standards

Americans who participate in any activity 3 times a week or more show a major issue. 

Healthy Standards 2013

 Obesity Levels State By State for 2012  

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 2012.

  2012 Obesity 

Other Key Trends, Changes and Rankings

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.

 Top 10 States     Weight Changes

The Dramatic Results of Inactivity & Obesity

First Generation 

Healthcare Costs Related To Obesity Are Going Up

Obesity related costs will soar in the future.  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

Obese costs and BMI change

Obesity - Costs $1400 More Per Year

"Someone who is obese cost $1400 more per year to care for than someone who is not obese."  Thomas Frieden, CDC Director


 Help Lower Healthcare Costs - Advocate Now! 

 Let's create A Movement for a Fit & Healthy America. Advocate Now for The PHIT Act and PEP Program!

Inactivity Projections Around The World - UP!

Look at the negative trends Nike in their Designed to Move Campaign Projects for Physical Activity in the USA and around the world.

USA Trend Nike

And, the Inactivity Pandemic stretches around the world.

Inactivity Around the World

USA - Most Obese Major Country In the World

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The Consequences Of Obesity 

 The CDC reports that as weight increases reaching overweight and obese levels, the risks for the following conditions increase:

  • Coronary heart diseaseCDC Logo
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

 The Psychological Impact Of Obesity

Being overweight and obese can hurt one’s psychological well being such as:
  • Emotional problems
  • Poor body image
  • Self consciousness
  • Low self esteem
  • Less confidence

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