Being overweight is a major cause for many health problems from heart disease to diabetes to high blood pressure to arthritis. In 2008, medical costs related to obesity were estimated to be as high as $147 billion.3
Consider these facts:
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5National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "Do You Know the Health Risks of being Overweight?" U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/ health_risks.htm (accessed April 18, 2007).
6U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Protecting Health for Life: The State of the CDC, Fiscal Year 2004. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005.
7The Obesity Society. "Obesity Statistics — U.S. Trends." The Obesity Society. http://www.obesity.org/statistics/ obesity_trends.asp (accessed April 18, 2008).
8U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Obesity in the News: Helping Clear the Confusion." Power Point Presentation, May 25, 2005.
9Beydoun et al. "Obesity and Central Obesity as Risk Factors for Incident Dementia and Its Subtypes".
10U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "NHIS Arthritis Surveillance." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/national_data_nhis.htm#excess (accessed June 26, 2008).