Death Rate From Obesity Doubles
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The number of lives lost to obesity more than doubled between 1993 and 2008, while the prevalence of obesity increased a whopping 89.9 percent.
Researchers studied trends in obesity among U.S. adults and found the overall health burden of obesity in all gender, race and ethnic subgroups across all 50 states.
"The ability to collect data at the state and local levels is essential for designing and implementing interventions, such as promoting physical activity, that target the relevant at-risk populations," Erica I. Lubetkin, M.D., M.P.H., study researcher, of The City College of New York, was quoted as saying.
From 1993 to 2008, obesity prevalence for U.S. adults increased from 14.1 percent to 26.7 percent. Black women showed the most Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost due to obesity. Obesity prevalence has increased over time for all 50 states, and ironically, so has obesity-related QALYs lost.
"Collaborative efforts among groups at the national, state, and community levels are needed in order to establish and sustain effective programs to reduce the prevalence of obesity," Haomiao Jia, Ph.D., study researcher, of Columbia University, was quoted as saying. "Although the impact of current and future interventions on curtailing the burden of disease might not be available for a number of years, this method can provide an additional tool for the Healthy People 2020 toolbox by providing a means to measure objectives and goals."
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 2010
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