Worrisome Epidemic in U.S. History

Overweight and obesity are undeniably linked: one can lead to another if a person loses control of his or her body. Obesity is a metabolic syndrome that is responsible for a host of diseases: hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high fat cell count in the blood) and hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels in the blood).

Since obesity carries a risk of high mortality from all the above causes, it can be called the"weapon of mass extinction”.

One of the strongest warnings came from US Surgeon General, who stated that failure to address overweight and obesity could wipe out some of the gains we've made in areas such as heart disease, several forms of cancer, and other chronic health problems.

Public health officials and organizations have disseminated health warnings and messages regarding the dangers of obesity, but has not produced the desired effect nationwide.

Pharmaceutical and bio-engineering companies continue their pursuit for the"magic bullet”.

Studies and results have confirmed that obesity is a major public health problem that appears to lesson life expectancy markedly, especially among individuals in the younger age groups.

Quality of life is markedly decreased, while suffering is increased.

Indeed, obesity is already associated with greater morbidity and a poor health related quality of life than are smoking, alcoholism, or poverty. Despite this, overweight and obesity have not received the same attention from clinicians, health insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and policymakers, as they have other threats to health such as tobacco use, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancers.

It is not surprising that obesity rates continue to climb due to lack of support and participation by these groups of people.

Despite the use of modern medicines and treatments for diseases like hypertension, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer and for some chronic health problems like arthritis, the cost, the risk, the outcomes do not change, but continue to worsen as Americans continue to be more obese, a worrisome epidemic in U.S. history.