Childhood obesity seemed to be leveling off in the US in the last year. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for us adults. 27.2 percent of Americans are now obese, a full percentage point up from last year.
To paint this stat more vividly:
- 2.4 million more American adults are counted as obese this year
- 65 million adults are obese
- Every fourth person in America is obese
One would have thought that with all the attention paid in news outlets to America’s healthcare crisis, there would be substantial focus on disease prevention. What’s the number one cause of non-communicable, preventable diseases?
You got it, obesity.
Can obesity rates be reversed? Of course they can. But educating ourselves on how to eat healthier is not enough. There needs to be a fundamental change in our nation’s priorities when it comes to preventative health. How about creating incentives for farmers and supermarkets to sell fruit at half the price of potato chips?
As long as junk food and fast food are the cheapest option for an individual to access calories, we will keep seeing growth in our collective waistline. And health bills. Eventually, this system is going to break.
When will our politicians realize this is the number one threat to our national security and act accordingly?