New Study Shows Obesity is Top Health Concern for Americans

POSTED BY Scott | Nov, 08, 2016 |
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As more information becomes available, more and more people recognize the serious health threats associated with obesity. In a recent national survey, 81% of respondents said that obesity was one of the serious health threats facing the nation. However, many people still have major misconceptions about how obesity occurs and the best ways to battle it.

Obesity and Disease on the Rise

Most people are aware that obesity raises the chances of heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other ills. Only one in five people who are obese say that they are in good health. And, obesity is getting more common. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. adults and 17% of U.S. youths are obese. Because of this, incidences of disease that include heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other illnesses are on the rise. In 2015, the CDC said that 9.3% of people in the U.S. are living with type 2 diabetes, and that many people who have the disease do not know that they have it. Obesity-related disease in the U.S. costs just under $150 billion every year.
ASMBS NORC Obesity Poll

Misconceptions About Obesity

Despite this, most people do not consider obesity an illness in itself; rather, they consider it a risk factor for other diseases. Because of this, there is not a clear consensus on how to beat obesity. Most individuals place the responsibility to lose weight on the individual, rather than considering it a problem for the healthcare system. The causes of obesity are complex; a combination of environmental, genetic, behavioral and emotional factors all come into play. In addition, most people who are obese do not realize their clinical condition and simply consider themselves overweight.

Overcoming Obesity

Many do not know a lot about the most effective ways to get to a healthier weight. The same study indicated that one in three people who are overweight or obese had not discussed their weight with their doctor other another healthcare professional.

Research has repeatedly indicated that losing weight is difficult. Nearly all people who have obesity have tried to lose weight at some point. Most report that excess weight interferes with work, their family life, their romantic relationships and their personal goals. Ninety percent of people who go on diets wind up gaining the weight back, sometimes referred to as weight cycling or “yo-yo dieting”.

The problem is that a simple decision to eat less is not enough. It takes specialized care to create a workable and sustainable plan. As more people recognize the issues that cause obesity, more will be able to seek out medical help to attain and keep a healthier weight.

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Read the original article titled New Survey Shows Obesity Ties Cancer as Top Health Threat, Bigger Than Heart Disease and Diabetes for Most Americans by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the independent research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago.