GREAT HEALTH NEWS
Obesity is the No. 1 health threat in the United States today, the head of the leading U.S. federal health agency said on Tuesday.
While much of her time is spent preparing to fight anthrax, smallpox, and biological threats, and diseases like SARS and West Nile virus, Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, said Americans are much more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes caused by smoking, eating too much and exercising too little.
“Unfortunately, poor diet and a lack of exercise have almost caught up with tobacco as being the leading cause of death in the United States,” Gerberding told a meeting of the National Health Council, which groups companies and non-profit health advocacy organizations.
She cited statistics that show 65 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. In 2000, 38.8 million American adults were classified as obese, meaning their health is seriously at risk.
“In three states, 25 percent of adults are obese — not overweight but obese,” Gerberding said. The three states are Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia. “It is a catastrophe in our country.”
She showed a graph of the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is first, followed by cancer, stroke, lung disease and accidents.
Obesity is a leading cause of the first three and, she said, bioterrorism is nowhere to be seen among the top 10 causes of death.
To which I reply, WooHoo!
How wonderful is it to live in a society in which the NUMBER ONE health threat is that we can eat so much food and do so little work that we get fat? It beats the heck out of worrying about, say, the bubonic plague. Further, this is a health problem for which we have a ready cure: Put down that fork! Indeed, the secret to maintaining a healthy weight range is simple: take in no more calories than you burn off in a day.