toll & obesity
Approximately 129.6 million Americans, or 64 per cent, are overweight
or obese, a physical condition shown to increase the risk for
developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer,
but parallel to this rise is the growing interest in functional
foods formulated by the food industry.
Deaths due to poor
diet and lack of exercise have risen by more than a third in the
last ten years, suggesting that obesity could soon overtake tobacco
as the leading preventable cause of death. In 2000, 400,000 deaths
were related to eating badly and physical inactivity, slightly
under the 435,000 figure linked to tobacco, finds the new study
released by the government’s Centers for Disease Control
The leading causes
of death in 2000 were tobacco (435,000 deaths; 18.1% of total
US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (400,000 deaths;
16.6%), and alcohol consumption (85,000 deaths; 3.5%). Other actual
causes of death were microbial agents (75,000), toxic agents (55,000),
motor vehicle crashes (43,000), incidents involving firearms (29,000),
sexual behaviors (20,000), and illicit use of drugs (17,000).
to understand that overweight and obesity are literally killing
us," said Health Secretary Tommy G. Thompson yesterday unveiling
a new government drive to stem the rising tide.
[This government release
supports the concepts outlined in my new book, Lose Weight with
the California Calcium Countdown. The book describes why diets
have failed, and offers a simple solution that does not involve
severe lifestyle change. Major lifestyle change, as we all know,
has not worked in the past, and is unlikely to work in the near
for Disease Control and Prevention Study: “Actual Causes
of Death in the United States, 2000”; Lose Weight with the
California Calcium Countdown, Betty Kamen.
from Betty Kamen, PhD, and Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, MD
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