Latest US Obesity Statistics Find Link Between Poverty and Being Overweight

State-by-state obesity statistics released. Top 10 dominated by states with low income levels.

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new, state-by-state obesity statistics, and the top 10 obesity list was dominated by states with low income levels. The CDC estimates that about 78 million Americans are currently obese, and the crisis costs about $147 billion dollars annually. States with the lowest median income also have the highest per capita healthcare costs.

"There are major risk factors associated with obesity, most of which are considered preventable, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers," say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH).

"All Americans should be concerned about the obesity epidemic no matter where they live or what their individual health condition is," adds Dian. "People need to understand this and pay closer attention to what they are eating. We all have choices and as individuals we need to make the correct ones."

"Make it a priority to educate yourself," adds Tom. "You need to take control of your own health because no one can or will do it for you. There is plenty of good information available. All you need is a desire to make healthy changes in your life."


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