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.
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.
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.
Americans who participate in any activity 3 times a week or more show a major issue.
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.
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.
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
"Someone who is obese cost $1400 more per year to care for than someone who is not obese." Thomas Frieden, CDC Director
Look at the negative trends Nike in their Designed to Move Campaign Projects for Physical Activity 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:
We have the ways. Our "Participate" section on this website provides you with the largest database of locations to get active or fit in over 50 different sports or activities in your area! This is a great tool for you to use all year long. Check it out!