Adult Obesity Facts

MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-09-28 12:31:06 -0500
Started 2012-09-25 14:00:44 -0500

Did you know that?

More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (49.5%) compared with Mexican Americans (40.4%), all Hispanics (39.1%) and non-Hispanic whites (34.3%).

Among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those with higher incomes are more likely to be obese than those with low income.

Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low-income women.

There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men.
Among women, however, there is a trend—those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.

Between 1988–1994 and 2007–2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

~Mays~


15 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-28 12:31:06 -0500 Report

Mays, fixed incomes, lack of knowledge of healthy eating the availability of fast foods either in restaurants or the supermarkets, the economy and that people don't care about what they eat all contributes to obesity.

Where you live can also play a roll on the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. For instance growing up mom had a veggie with meals, especially dinner. We always had fruits, nuts, candy, cakes and cookies in the house.

Our city had Markets that was a one stop shopping for everything from fresh meats and fish to fruits, nuts, dairy, candy and baked goods. There were about 7 of them throughout the city. We did not have supermarkets. We had corner stores that off set going to the market every day. These corner stores carried everything you needed during the week. We also had what are called "Arabbers" These men with their horse and wagons were out in the neighborhoods at least two to three times a week with fresh fruits, vegetables and fish they also had a unique yell and you could hear them for blocks. We even had fish men on Fridays. We had wide access to fresh everything. There were also restaurants that served sit down meals or carry out. We had none of the types of fast food establishments in the city.

Today, corner stores are closed or if they still exist they do not have fresh fruits and veggies. You can still get milk, eggs, bread, and butter if you need it but it is higher than the supermarkets.

With the economy the way it is today, people with fixed incomes, working poor, people without transportation tend to shop closet to home and take what they can get. They often have to pay higher prices and though the meats are fresh they are not always the best quality. Added to this is the fact that people tend to buy what can be fixed fastest so that leads to frozen prepacked meat, veggies and canned items.

There is also the onslaught of flyers for carry outs and delivery foods for places that have very little healthy foods on their menus. We have noticed the flyers in poorer neighborhoods and never see them in upper middle class or wealthier communities.

Finally, people who do not have health insurance are less likely to see doctors unless it is in an emergency room or can find a clinic with a sliding fee. This leads them to have medical problems remain untreated. Because of their lack of medical care, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure can go untreated or undiagnosed until something happens that lands them in a hospital.

There is much to be done to curb childhood and adult obesity and education seems to be slowly working.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-28 12:06:17 -0500 Report

Storm, I admire you for not giving in or giving up. Staying positive always helps. You always have to accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives. Sometimes a negative can be a positive if you deal with it correctly.

awakening2health
awakening2health 2012-09-28 11:55:54 -0500 Report

Since picking up Dr Joel Fuhrman's EAT TO LIVE I've lost 35#! (In about three months) He's pretty fanatical, but also understands that we will never be perfect (amen to that).

stormz
stormz 2012-09-25 19:26:17 -0500 Report

I do every thing I can. I guess you have missed a lot of what I have said in the past. I can't exercise because of my back having been broken 2 times and my ankles both which have been broken the last time 2 years ago. The last time it never healed right. It is swollen all the time meaning I can't walk even a short distance without it getting worse. At this point in time I can't even wear my diabetic shoes .
I do utilize my insurance for every thing it is worth. I know things can be worse than they are. I am ever so grateful for everything I have you have no idea. It is one of the biggest reason I end every post with GOD BLESS. I do feel bless for every small thing I have. I focus on every little positive thing I can because if I had to focus on the negative I wouldn't have much to live for. So if that puts this matter to an end or to bed for a better wording. I love life and every thing it has to offer. I still try to do every thing I can. Walk a mile in my shoes and you will know the pain of 20 women. Till then you just don't know. As we all have different medical issues. Some of us are lucky and only have 1 or 2 issues. I am unlucky to have many. GOD BLESS ALL OF US!!! :)

MAYS
MAYS 2012-09-25 20:57:13 -0500 Report

I read what you have said and i am not criticizing you in any way, i admire you for having so many test done and trying many differemt diets trying to find one that works.
So if i have come off as not caring, or listening that is not the case at all, as i have stated, i admire it when someone takes their health seriously, self help is a great motivational tool!

stormz
stormz 2012-09-26 00:05:10 -0500 Report

then I misunderstood. It didn't sound that way at all. It bothers me though that I can't loose the weight that I have lost in the past and now am forced to keep like a bad cold. It's like having bad luck and you can't get rid of it. I can't stand it. I am uncomfortable and to have it taken of surgical cost money insurance the best of policies don't cover that. Stinks you can't win for nothing sometimes. Thanks for the support. Don't know if you noticed but I did say I was wrong in my words earlier with a public announcement and gave you a hug. Forgive me I do admit when I am wrong. GOD BLESS :)

MAYS
MAYS 2012-09-26 07:03:29 -0500 Report

I am not offended in any way, and I hope that you aren't / weren't on your end.
I sent you a ((( Hug ))) also in return as an apology for the misunderstanding.
We are all here to support one another, and that you can count on 100%.

stormz
stormz 2012-09-25 17:21:41 -0500 Report

sad but true your right. the doctor can't figure out why I am over weight. I hardly eat a thing. I am never hungry. Yet over weight. Only thing they can come up with is that I have that over active thyroid. I take medicine for it which then slows it down. Which stinks for me. No matter how few calories I eat I will never lose the weight. I can't even exercise because of my back and ankle. So I am a lost pup coming and going on this. There is no help for me. Sadly I am left to dwell in my own fat. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE TO DEAL W/ THESE PROBLEMS :)

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-26 23:03:21 -0500 Report

Are you taking the right dosage of meds for your hypothyroid? You need to have your blood tested every three months.

stormz
stormz 2012-09-26 23:43:39 -0500 Report

O I do I see my regular doctor every month. She does every thing for me. In fact I just had to increase my thyroid medicine a few months ago. Every 3 months I have blood drawn if not more often because something else happens. They doubled my medicine the last time which was only 2 months ago that I had my blood drawn. They are always testing me for one thing or another there. But thank you for asking. God Bless :)

MAYS
MAYS 2012-09-25 18:02:21 -0500 Report

Are you sure that it's an "overactive" thyroid and not an "underactive" thyroid?

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidi...

Have you been tested for either one recently?

stormz
stormz 2012-09-25 18:37:25 -0500 Report

opps typo thank you for catching that. which ever it is I hate the dang problem. I didn't ask for it. I got it from my mother. I didn't want it Still don't want it. Wish it would go away. Before I had the problem I never had a problem with my weight. Then I am suddenly overweight obese or fat for a better word. No matter what I do I can't do nothing about it. I have tried every thing a person can do and I have a doctor to back me up on this and I will never be thin again. I hate this part of my life. I was not born to be this way. Yes I am tested 2 times a year. I have awesome insurance. I am one of the few lucky people that can say that. I get every test that a person can think of a lot of that is due to my insurance company. They actually pay me to have 4 test done a year too. So please I love you all. When I say I have tried and tried again. Don't tell me to read this or try that. Been there done that. If there was a way to lose weight I have tried it. It's not me it's my body.I have had all the tests. Now to top it off I have bladder stones and kidney stones. Think I didn't have the ct to prove that. You want the cd for that? I have it>> If I knew how to put it online I would. Sorry I just don't like when people think I don't take care of myself I do. I take 23 medicines a day. I am sick of it all. You want this life you can have it. GOD BLESS THE HEALTHY AND THE REST OF US TOO :)

MAYS
MAYS 2012-09-25 18:59:25 -0500 Report

No one can take better care of you than you can of yourself!
Continue staying active in your pursuit of being healthy, hopefully one day you will find the answer that suits you to a " T ' and if not, at least you tried and you are still alive and kicking!

Utilize your insurance for what it's worth, get what ever you need done, done!
Take care of yourself and stay focused, things can always be worse, but they aren't!
Hugs

stormz
stormz 2012-09-25 18:37:24 -0500 Report

opps typo thank you for catching that. which ever it is I hate the dang problem. I didn't ask for it. I got it from my mother. I didn't want it Still don't want it. Wish it would go away. Before I had the problem I never had a problem with my weight. Then I am suddenly overweight obese or fat for a better word. No matter what I do I can't do nothing about it. I have tried every thing a person can do and I have a doctor to back me up on this and I will never be thin again. I hate this part of my life. I was not born to be this way. Yes I am tested 2 times a year. I have awesome insurance. I am one of the few lucky people that can say that. I get every test that a person can think of a lot of that is due to my insurance company. They actually pay me to have 4 test done a year too. So please I love you all. When I say I have tried and tried again. Don't tell me to read this or try that. Been there done that. If there was a way to lose weight I have tried it. It's not me it's my body.I have had all the tests. Now to top it off I have bladder stones and kidney stones. Think I didn't have the ct to prove that. You want the cd for that? I have it>> If I knew how to put it online I would. Sorry I just don't like when people think I don't take care of myself I do. I take 23 medicines a day. I am sick of it all. You want this life you can have it. GOD BLESS THE HEALTHY AND THE REST OF US TOO :)

stormz
stormz 2012-09-25 18:37:24 -0500 Report

opps typo thank you for catching that. which ever it is I hate the dang problem. I didn't ask for it. I got it from my mother. I didn't want it Still don't want it. Wish it would go away. Before I had the problem I never had a problem with my weight. Then I am suddenly overweight obese or fat for a better word. No matter what I do I can't do nothing about it. I have tried every thing a person can do and I have a doctor to back me up on this and I will never be thin again. I hate this part of my life. I was not born to be this way. Yes I am tested 2 times a year. I have awesome insurance. I am one of the few lucky people that can say that. I get every test that a person can think of a lot of that is due to my insurance company. They actually pay me to have 4 test done a year too. So please I love you all. When I say I have tried and tried again. Don't tell me to read this or try that. Been there done that. If there was a way to lose weight I have tried it. It's not me it's my body.I have had all the tests. Now to top it off I have bladder stones and kidney stones. Think I didn't have the ct to prove that. You want the cd for that? I have it>> If I knew how to put it online I would. Sorry I just don't like when people think I don't take care of myself I do. I take 23 medicines a day. I am sick of it all. You want this life you can have it. GOD BLESS THE HEALTHY AND THE REST OF US TOO :)

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