THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, Part One: Consequences of Obesity

By Suzanne


According to Donald Lloyd-Jones MD, Chair of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, ideal cardiovascular health is characterized by meeting each of the following criteria:

  • Optimal levels of total cholesterol
  • Normal blood pressure
  • Not having diabetes
  • Having a lean BMI
  • Not smoking
  • Participating in recommended levels of physical activity
  • Pursuing a healthy diet

How do you measure up?  Surprisingly, less than 1% of the United States population currently meet these criteria. A key reason: overweight and obesity affect 69% of the U.S. population. The initial one hour segment of the WEIGHT OF THE NATION focuses upon the health consequences of overweight and obesity. Together, they are creating a tsunami of chronic disease costing an additional $150 Billion in health care costs.  

See PART I here.

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