Weight of the Nation

At Globe University, Health Fitness Specialist students learn how to coach others to make lifestyle changes, dietary adjustments, and increase activity levels. These soon-to-be graduates are embarking on a career that could go a long way in providing solutions to significant health problems.

Last week, HBO aired a 4-part documentary called Weight of the Nation. Listed below are facts that will be interesting to not only those who are pursuing personal trainer education, but anyone interested in the health and well-being of our country:

Over 18% of American children are obese.

Americans exist on a cheap food model. The kind of food we eat is the kind that is most
profitable.

Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are increasingly prevalent in our country and
because it has the capacity to cripple our work force, many are concerned about its impact on the United States as a nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently documented that 68.8% of
Americans are obese. (Click to see amazing maps documenting how obesity has increased in our country in the last few decades.)

Dr. Berenson’s Bogalusa Heart Study (named after the town in which it took place in
Louisiana) revealed that heart disease begins in childhood. He additionally
found that obese children are 8x more likely to develop high blood pressure
than healthy children and that 77% of obese children become obese adults.

Obesity has increase dramatically since the 1980s, but those considered morbidly obese
(over 40% body fat) has increased the most since 1988 – 2008.

A linear relationship exists between poverty and obesity. 9 out of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are also the poorest.

In the 1970s, 5% of children were overweight. Now, in Bogalusa, 50% of children are overweight.

One nurse indicated that if obesity issues aren’t addressed now, children today will
be on dialysis in their 30s.

If children are overweight, it increases their chances of developing asthma by 52%.

13% of children who die show non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

People who are overweight are 80% more likely to develop dementia.

The more overweight, the more likely brain function will be compromised.

25 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic.

Obesity has a significant impact on our economy. Collectively obesity costs $150 billion dollars a year.  ½ of those costs are paid for by public funds.

Stay tuned for part two!