Chart Shows America’s Obesity Epidemic

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Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease has released a chart showing the alarming increase in obesity in America to epidemic proportions.

According to a recent study, 66% of America is overweight or obese. Every third American agrees that Obesity is the most important health problem facing the country and a total of $147 billion has been spent every year to address this problem.

Today, Obesity and related diseases such as diabetes are recognised as a disease by American Medical Association and most other major provider organizations

“The magnitude of obesity and its impact on chronic disease is negatively affecting insurance coverage, productivity and the economy. Making obesity a priority in the public and private sectors is a must.”

obesity-chart-2013In order to raise awareness about obesity epidemic the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) recently issued its 2013 Almanac of Chronic Disease. The Almanac shows how this problem trickles down affecting economy, healthcare, and individuals.

  • Obese Americans cost U,S more per capita than normal Americans.
  • Productivity in most U.S companies declined due to obesity.
  • $93 billion a year is the amount companies pay for health insurance claims.
  • Obesity is a major and growing driver of spending in Medicare and Medicaid.
  • While many state health agencies provide population-based primary prevention services that address chronic disease risk factors and 90% of state health agencies receive funding from the CDC to prevent obesity, only 4% of state health agencies listed chronic disease prevention in their top five priorities.

“Better management and prevention of obesity can improve health outcomes and save billions of dollars,” said Ken Thorpe, PFCD Chairman. “The magnitude of obesity and its impact on chronic disease is negatively affecting insurance coverage, productivity and the economy. Making obesity a priority in the public and private sectors is a must.”

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is an internationally NGO of patients, providers, community organizations, business and labor groups, and health policy experts committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs: chronic disease.