We’re all busy people. We may not think of ourselves as having a sedentary lifestyle, but when you consider how much time a day you spend sitting, you’ll quickly realize that you just might not be getting the amount of exercise we need, especially if we aren’t making the time to walk, run or hit the gym.
But the truth is that our sedentary lifestyles—combined with unhealthy food choices both at home and when eating out—just might be killing us.
The health facts, both nationwide and in Georgia, are alarming:
- More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) are obese.
- Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 years old are obese.
- Obese adults are at an increased risk for many serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.
- In 2010, no state had a prevalence of obesity that was less than 20 percent. Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25 percent or more; and 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia) had a prevalence of 30 percent or more.
- Georgia has the 14th highest rate of adult obesity and the third highest rate of overweight youths (ages 10 to 18) in the nation.
- Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in west Georgia.
Check out the obesity trends map, which illustrates what’s been happening as our population has shifted to the cities and as we have become more dependent on technologies that make life easier, then learn about obesity and the toll it can take on your health.