How Healthy Are We?

 Obesity is on the rise among people of all backgrounds and is a contributing factor to many deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Obesity is on the rise among people of all backgrounds and is a contributing factor to many deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Health care has become an increasingly hot topic in today’s news, especially with concerns about Obamacare and the future of Medicare. Unfortunately, statistics compiled by the United States Centers for Disease Control reveal that many Americans are not taking proper care of themselves. Even people with excellent health insurance have become too busy to eat and exercise properly or to get a flu shot when needed. About 10 percent of Americans are in general poor health.

The average life expectancy is still around 80 years for women and 76 years for men. The Obama administration has increased its focus on women’s health care initiatives, especially since women are more likely to suffer from fatal illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. About 13.5 percent of women over the age of 18 are considered to be in poor health.

Obesity is on the rise among people of all backgrounds and is a contributing factor to many deaths from heart disease and cancer. Approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese; about 18 percent of people between the ages of 6 and 19 are obese. Unfortunately, about one-third of those who are significantly overweight are in denial about the seriousness of their weight problems.

The leading causes of death through illness for the general American population are heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory diseases. Stroke is also a major cause of death among women. The risks of early death from diseases dramatically rise among African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Alaskan Native people of both genders.

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