Overweight and Obesity
According to the U.S. Surgeon General:
- 61% of adults in the United States were overweight or obese in 1999.
- In 1999, 13% of children aged 6 to 11 years and 14% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years in the United States were overweight. This prevalence has nearly tripled for adolescents in the past 2 decades.
- Approximately 300,000 deaths each year in the United States may be attributable to obesity.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, hypertension, breathing problems, and psychological disorders, such as depression.
- Inactivity is considered a major cause of excess weight. Physical activity contributes to weight loss. In addition to weight control, physical activity helps prevent heart disease, helps control cholesterol levels and diabetes, slows bone loss associated with advancing age, lowers the risk of certain cancers, and helps reduce anxiety and depression.
The US Surgeon General notes WALKING for 30 minutes 5 times a week can generate the above health benefits