Obesity on the rise in the U.S.

Excess weight linked to many health concerns

Contributed by Angela Fitch, MD

potato chipsThere is an obesity epidemic in the U.S., and while it negatively affects both men and women, I’m going to speak about it from a women’s health perspective. There is overwhelming and indisputable evidence that obese women are particularly susceptible to diabetes which also dramatically increases their risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, obesity increases the risk of several major cancers in women, especially postmenopausal breast cancer and endometrial cancer and has been strongly linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome.

What causes obesity?

Some experts believe limited resources for physical activity, work commitments and family demands make women more vulnerable to becoming overweight and obese. I just read an article that says easier access to food is to blame for the rise in obesity in both men and women. According to the article, the average per capita consumption of calories of Americans has risen by about 20 percent since 1970, while at the same time there has been a sharp drop in the cost of food as a proportion of disposable income. And not only has food become cheaper, it’s more readily available, there’s more variety and it’s becoming easier and easier to prepare. There has also been an increase in the consumption of processed carbohydrates that have very little nutritional value like potato chips, pretzels, candy, cookies, granola bars, crackers etc.  These are considered empty calories.

I personally, believe there is no single answer for the cause of weight gain. I am sure, however, that weight gain is a complex problem requiring a multi-faceted solution.

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