This podcast is based on the August, 2010 CDC Vital Signs report which promotes policies and programs in the community and at school and work that make the healthy choice the easy choice to reduce obesity. Created: 8/3/2010 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 8/3/2010. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.
72 million adults in the U.S. are obese.
Obesity is excess body fat. A person becomes obese by eating too much food and not getting enough physical activity.
In 2009, more than 1 in 4 adults were obese. It's an epidemic that's affected the entire country. In every state, more than 15 percent of adults are obese, and in nine states, adult obesity rates are now 30 percent or more. The medical care costs of obesity are staggering. In 2008, they totaled 147 billion dollars.
What can you do? Help fight the epidemic.
• Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer foods high in fat and sugar.
• Drink more water and less sugary drinks.
• Get more physical activity.
• Watch less television.
• Support breastfeeding.
• Promote policies and programs in your community that make healthy choices easy choices.