Posted by: Bert Copple | September 28, 2010

Obesity Still Accelerating at an Alarming Rate

The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more has tripled in two years to nine states in 2009, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more.

The report, “State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009,” also finds no states met the nation’s Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent.

“Obesity continues to be a major public health problem,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We need intensive, comprehensive and ongoing efforts to address obesity. If we don’t, more people will get sick and die from obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.”

The CDC website has an interactive map of the United States that shows how obesity has progressed in the last 25 years. It is shocking to see how quickly the obesity rates have been accelerating, and how the problem is in desperate need of action. Everyone is being affected by this, young and old. Children are definitely the main target to start teaching better eating habits and about staying active, but senior citizens are also in need of help. Home Instead Senior Care brings the answer, even if it is just in small doses.

Home Instead’s CAREGivers promote physical activity and cook fresh meals for our clients each day they visit. Having a companion to boost a senior’s confidence in physical activity can do wonders, even for older adults who may be disabled.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com . Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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