Today’s epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing American’s quality and years of healthy life. The hard facts:
Two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese.
70% of American Indian/Alaskan Native adults are overweight or obese.
The prevalence of obesity in the U.S. more than doubled (from 15% to 34%) among adults and more than tripled (from 5% to 17%) among children and adolescents from 1980 to 2008.
An obese teenager has over a 70% greater risk of becoming an obese adult.
Obesity is more common among non-Hispanic black teenagers (29%) than Hispanic teenagers (17.5%) or non-Hispanic white teenagers (14.5%).
To stop the obesity epidemic in this country, we must remember that Americans will be more likely to change their behavior if they have a meaningful reward- something more than just reaching a certain weight or dress size. The real reward has to be something that people can feel and enjoy and celebrate. That reward is invigorating, energizing, joyous health. It is a level of health that allows people to embrace each day and live their lives to the fullest – without disease, disability, or lost productivity. To be a nation that is Healthy and Fit.
Key actions outlined in The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation include:
Individual Healthy Choices and Healthy Home Environments - Change starts with the individual choices Americans make each day for…
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