Be sure to check out this powerful infographic from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies which provides very insightful statistics related to national behavior trends. These complex behaviors are contributing to an obesity epidemic for American youth and adults.
As the infographic shows, 1 out of every 3 children are overweight or obese, and the numbers rise to 2 out of every 3 for adults. A shocking 21% of all medical spending is for obesity-related illnesses, and businesses estimate $4.3 billion in annual losses due to obesity-related job absenteeism.
Fortunately, as the chart shows the obesity epidemic is conquerable and provides 5 solutions for changing local communities to help stop and reverse overweight and obesity-related lifestyle habits.
The United Way network is involved in improving health and helping reverse the area’s overweight and obesity problem. Partner programs and agencies encourage youth exercise and adult physical activity. Check out the infographic for the warning behaviors and if necessary, take action this weekend!