Sunday, August 18, 2013

Obesity Kills One in Five Americans

Obesity is three times deadlier than previously estimated. New research published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals between 1986 and 2006, obesity-related illnesses caused 18 percent of deaths in the United States for Americans aged 40-85 years. That’s a sobering statistic given the fact more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.

The study determined more women die from obesity-related causes: 27 percent of African-American women and 21 percent of white women versus 5 percent of African-American men and 16 percent of white men. What’s more, obese children who then become obese adults are more at risk for obesity-related death. For the first time, our children’s generation could have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

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