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Obesity Statistics

If people keep gaining weight at the current rate, fat will be the norm by 2015, with 75 percent of U.S. adults overweight and 41 percent obese, U.S. researchers predicted.

“Obesity is a public health crisis. If the rate of obesity and overweight continues at this pace, by 2015, 75 percent of adults and nearly 24 percent of U.S. children and adolescents will be overweight or obese,” said Dr. Youfa Wang.

"Obesity is likely to continue to increase, and if nothing is done, it will soon become the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” said May Beydoun, who worked on the study.
-Epidemiologic Reviews, July 2007

''We find that a person's chances of becoming obese increase by 57% if they have a friend who becomes obese, 40% if they have a sibling who becomes obese, and 37% if a spouse becomes obese,' say researchers Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, and James Fowler, PhD.
-The New England Journal of Medicine, July 2007

Insulin Resistance

Approximately 17 million people in the US have type 2 diabetes and an additional 16 million people in the US have insulin resistance, or prediabetes, associated with obesity.
-American Journal of Epidemiology, 2003

A recent study found that approximately 52% of a sample of adolescents in the US had insulin resistance.
-Review or Endocrine Metabolic Disorders, 2006

The insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) puts you at very high risk for a heart attack and is associated with storing fat in the belly, rather than the hips.
-Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Belly Fat / Abdominal Obesity

Reducing Belly FatThe single most important measure of insulin resistance is storing fat in the belly rather than the hips.
-Diabetes Care, March 2006

Insulin also acts on the brain to make you eat more and on your liver to manufacture more fat, and on the fat cells in your belly to store that fat. People with fat bellies store too much fat in their livers, which prevents the livers from removing insulin, so insulin levels rise higher and higher to cause heart attacks, more abdominal obesity and eventually diabetes. If you store fat primarily in your belly, you should restrict refined carbohydrates: foods made with flour, white rice, milled corn or added sugars.
-Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

You are at increased risks for suffering a heart attack and diabetes if you store fat primarily in your belly, rather than your hips.
-Gabe Mirkin, M.D., for CBS Radio News

Helthy DietDiet

Obese women on a low-fat diet lose weight, but they lose more if they eat more low-calorie-density fruits, veggies, and soups.
'Eating a diet that is low in calorie density allows people to eat satisfying portions of food, and this may decrease feelings of hunger and deprivation while reducing calories, Ello-Martin, PhD, says in a news release.
-American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2007

Diet and ExerciseExercise

A new review shows that use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP).
-Dr Dena Bravata (Stanford University, CA), Journal of the American Medical Association, Nov 2007

An important predictor of increased physical activity was having a daily goal — such as the popular 10,000 steps per day recommendation or an individualized step goal.

Water and WeightlossWater and Weightloss

Now comes scientific evidence that H2O really does help you lose weight. Researchers in Germany report that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects' metabolic rates -- or the rate at which calories are burned -- increased by 30% for both men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.
-- Web M.D.