Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for some of the leading causes of premature death including:
Type 2 Diabetes
90% of people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are overweight. Studies show that as little as a 5-15% weight loss can prevent or reverse Type 2 diabetes.
Coronary Heart Disease
Obesity is widely recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the world. Coronary heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack, accounts for 29% of all deaths in the United States, over 700,000 per year.
Obesity is a secondary risk factor for stroke. A recent long-term study found that obesity in middle aged men can greatly increase the risk of stroke later in life.
Recent studies demonstrate that being obese increases the risk of certain cancers (breast, uterus, colon, kidney and esophagus).
Obesity – Cost
The rapidly growing prevalence of obesity has fueled the growth of the conditions listed above, burdening healthcare systems around the world. In one study, the direct cost of obesity was estimated to be over $100 billion per year in the United States alone.