42% of all Americans are projected to be obese by 2030. Other studies suggest that 100% of all Americans will be overweight by 2050. The cost of obesity is ballooning along with our waistlines. It’s no secret that health care costs are getting higher and higher. Obesity costs account for about 9% of annual medical costs. That’s a $147 billion per year price tag, even if predictions are wrong and obesity remains at 2010 levels. We cannot afford this. What are we thinking?! At Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss we know that we must have healthcare reform. Healthcare reform begins with each of taking personal responsibility for our own health care. Slender For Life™ has a solution that could put an end to this preventable obesity crisis.
Obesity has been one of the biggest contributors in driving up health care spending over the past 20 years.
Fat Future: 42% of Americans May Be Obese by 2030
20-Year Estimate Predicts 2.2-Fold Bulge in Extreme Obesity
WebMD Health News, May 7, 2012: By 2030, 42% of Americans will be obese and 11% of Americans will be severely obese, Duke University and CDC researchers predict. There’s some good news. The study suggests that adult obesity in the U.S. is leveling off, albeit at an unacceptably high level. Previous estimates had suggested that 51% of Americans would be obese in 2030. But consideration of other factors suggests that figure is too full.
Whatever comfort that good news may bring is more than made up for by the finding that severe obesity — BMI of 40 or more — is skyrocketing. Severely obese people are at the highest risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other obesity-related conditions. Once rare, severe obesity now afflicts 1 in 20 Americans. By 2030, the study suggests, more than 1 in 10 Americans will be severely obese.
This means efforts to reign in obesity can pay big dividends. Just a 1% decrease in the predicted trend would mean 2.9 million fewer obese adults in 2030, resulting in $4.7 billion annual cost savings. If Americans could become no more obese than we were in 2010, the U.S. would save $549.5 billion over the next two decades.
Left unchecked, we will see a 2.2 fold increase in extreme obesity. 9% of our annual medical costs are due to preventable behavior and lifestyle choices that people make. Reforming your healthcare can pay big dividends. Are you willing to to be part of the solution or are you choosing to continue to be part of the problem that is destroying your health and bankrupting America. Slender For Life™ has solutions for your healthcare reform.
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