America truly is the land of plenty. Plenty of potatoes, pasta and pies. Not to mention the three basic food groups of Fat, Fries, and Fizz. After all, what could be better than a half-pound cheeseburger, an extra-large order of French fries, and a 72-ounce soda? Ah, of course - don't forget the Belly Buster Hot Fudge Sundae for dessert.
Recent reports on obesity in America hold few surprises. Americans are gaining weight at an alarming rate, just as they have been for the past two decades. It's now estimated that 60% of U.S. adults, and 17% of children and teens, are overweight or obese. The future, it appears, is laden with serious weight-related difficulties.
The health and economic costs are staggering. Being overweight places people at higher risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. Carrying extra pounds also places individuals at greater risk for arthritis, sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory problems. The CDC estimated that $75 billion was spent on obesity related health care in 2003.
Where does your state fit? To find out, see this Interactive Map. It's an amazing visual presentation of the fattening of America over the past two decades. If watching this presentation doesn't make you drop your Twinkie mid-bite...To read more about the study, see this from MSN. To learn more about leading a healthy life, see this from Mayo Clinic.