Obesity: How It Affects All Of Us

World Obesity Day is coming up—October 11, 2017. And although this isn’t an occasion to celebrate, it is one to talk about.

Obesity: A common problem
Obesity is a big problem. But how big?

According to the World Obesity Federation, 2.7 billion adults worldwide will be overweight or obese by 2025. This is up from 2.0 billion in 2014.

What’s more, by 2025, 177 million adults will need treatment due to severe obesity. This is because obesity can lead to many illnesses. These include conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, arthritis, cancer and more.

Associated costs
Obesity takes its toll on our health care system. Illnesses related to obesity cost just more than $190 billion per year. This is almost 21 percent of U.S. annual medical spending.

It’s painful to realize these costs are mostly avoidable. What’s worse, they’re driving up the cost of health care and insurance. And our state is adding to the problem.

North Dakota has the nation’s 17th highest adult obesity rate. The state’s adult obesity rate is 31.0 percent. This is up from 20.5 percent in 2000 and from 11.6 percent in 1990.

And we all pay a price, even if we’re not overweight. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2025, obese Americans will cost the country $1.2 trillion each year in weight-related medical bills.

Where do you weigh in?
We encourage you to check your body mass index, also known as BMI. It’s the most common screening tool for weight problems. The greater your BMI, the higher your risk of developing health problems related to excess weight.

Want to help yourself and your co-workers maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle? Look into our worksite wellness program. You’ll find all the resources you need to live your best life. With World Obesity Day fast approaching, there’s no better time to start.