Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. This condition puts people at a higher risk for serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.World Obesity Day, observed annually on March 4, highlights the environmental and medical factors that contribute to high obesity rates. The day also focuses on what we can all do end the stigma.
World Obesity Day timeline
Americans are struggling
The U.S. has the highest obesity rates among all the nations of the world.
U.S. obesity rates stood at 13 percent, as opposed to the nearly 40 percent today.
- 550 BC
Indian surgeon Sushruta becomes the first to link obesity with diabetes and heart disease.
How to Observe World Obesity Day
The CDC and other public health organizations, including the World Obesity Federation, offer the latest research on obesity. Get a better understanding of the challenges.
Examine your views of people with obesity and learn to be more accepting. Call out abuse or discrimination when you see it.
If your pants are feeling a little tighter, hit the gym or adopt a daily exercise routine. Change your diet. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to avoid being overweight.
4 Ways To Prevent Obesity
Fruits and veggies
Eat five or six servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Cut processed foods out of your diet and eat whole grained products.
Hit the treadmill
Exercise for 30 minutes a day.
Keep track of the calories you burn vs. your calorie intake. Balance it out.
Why World Obesity Day is Important
Obesity can cause serious illness. Women with obesity have a higher chance of getting breast cancer — and research shows obesity causes nearly 300,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
Obesity rates are steadily rising. Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 20 are considered to be obese. Health care costs total $300 billion.
Lots of us still believe that obesity stems from laziness. Potential employers often discriminate against overweight people. Obese children face bullying.