OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY
THREATEN U.S. HEALTH
and obesity are among the most pressing health challenges we face today.
Our modern environment has allowed these conditions to increase at
alarming rates and become a growing health problem for our nation.
300,000 U.S. deaths a year are currently associated with obesity and overweight.
The total direct and indirect costs attributed to overweight and obesity
amounted to $117 billion in the year 2000.
In 1999, an estimated 61% of U.S. adults were overweight, along
with 13% of children and adolescents. Obesity among adults has doubled since
1980, while overweight among adolescents has tripled.
trends are associated with dramatic increases in conditions such as asthma and
Type 2 diabetes among children. Failure
to address overweight and obesity could wipe out some of the gains we've made in
areas such as heart disease, several forms of cancer, and other chronic health
of the Key Solutions
As indicated by the Surgeon General's Call to Action,
providing quality Physical Education at all school grades is of primary
importance to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity.