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Increase in Obesity Can Lead to Heart Disease Epidemic

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 - Stem Cell Guru

To quote the Family Feud- "AND THE SURVEY SAYS--" the survey says more than 25% of Americans are obese and that we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed a telephone survey of more than 350,000 people. 350,000? I bet those telephone operators received lots of overtime!

What is the significance of this survey you ask?

Well, overweight and obese people are more at risk for most health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. So a heart disease epidemic can very well be on the horizon.

Here are some interesting and useless facts from that survey that you can dazzle everyone with at your next dinner party:

Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama were declared the "fattest" states with about 30% of the population being declared obese.

Colorado is the "thinnest" state with an 18% obesity rate.

The United States isn't the only obese country in the world. A new study just came out saying that China was also at the 25% obesity level.

And after doing a little research, it seems Australia may be "#1". This article shows that Australia has an estimated nine million of the 21 million population obese or overweight- more than 40%!!!

This is alarming because as I mentioned before, this doesn't bode well for the future health of people around the world, not to mention the health care systems. The health care systems of each country will be burdened with the extra weight (I couldn't resist :) of this epidemic. Hospitals will become more overcrowded, overworked and overwhelmed by the amount of patients in the near future if we don't change - It isn't a pretty picture.



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