Obesity in the U.S.-Time to Apply Pressure

I read an interesting article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune that said “public pressure helped reduce smoking and can help slim down America”. When was the last time you went up to a fat person and said that your overeating and lack of exercise is harmful to your health and costing the health care system billions?

Obesity has increased dramatically in the US. CDC posted an alarming map of the US with obesity trends for the last 20 years. In 2006 only 6 states had less than 20% of the population classified as obese.

According to CDC, the health consequences of obesity include:

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

What are obese people doing wrong? It is simple – eating too much and not getting enough physical activity. Sounds easy to correct. It may be time to apply pressure.

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3 Responses to Obesity in the U.S.-Time to Apply Pressure

  1. suelove says:

    Something to think about. If bars are not supposed to sell alcoholic beverages to intoxicated persons, why should restaurants be allowed to have “all you can eat buffets” for the obese.
    From Virginia Alcohol Law “Selling alcohol to an intoxicated person is also an offense that can result in criminal prosecution and administrative penalties (consequences are the same as selling to underage persons”
    http://www.abc.virginia.gov/licensing/downloads/sellers_servers.pdf

  2. Frank D. says:

    Okay, this is just a hunch, but bear with me on this. I think very strongly that mold is causing a lot of these problems, including the conditions that lead to obesity in many people, and many of the conditions listed, but we are in denial about it and why it causes them, even though the clues are out there. Why? its a political hot potato.

    Mold is also very controversial, because cleaning it up will cost a lot of money, and there are liability issues. But it has to be done.

    Its at the root of so many health issues. A cholesterol drug called cholestyramine can suck some of the toxins that go into enterohepatic recirculation out of the body. That helps quite a bit. But by the time people get realy sick, its a very complicated problem, multiple systems have broken down.

    Obesity may be caused by the destruction of leptin pathways in the brain. or so Ive heard. The gall bladder issues are caused by the enterohepatic recirculation of mycotoxins and eventual cholestasis.

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