~ A weight loss of 5 to 10 percent in excess body weight can significantly reduce risk factors and health benefits
~ Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, breathing problems, psychological disorders, and disorders such as depression.
~ Obesity related cost in US total $100 billion annually.
~ Americans spend an estimated $33 billion on weight loss services
~ Each year, an estimated 300,000 US adults die of causes associated to obesity
~ Type 2 diabetes is nearly 3-4 times more prevalent in overweight adults than in lean adults
~ Men who are more than 20 percent overweight have 20-30 percent increase in death from prostate cancer
~ The percentage of children and adolescents who are defined as overweight has more than doubled since the early 1970's
It's time for all of us the be accountable for ourselves and do our part to end the trend of obesity!