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Everyone already knows that being sedentary and overweight is just bad, bad, bad. Here’s the latest news on how that extra blubber undermines health and longevity.

•According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, up from previous estimates of 26 million in 2010. One in four of those people don’t know they have the disease. Another 86 million adults – more than one in three – have prediabetes. Almost all of these people are at risk because they are overweight. 

•The American Heart Association states that adults who watch TV for three hours or more each day double their risk for premature death compared to people who are more active. 

•Researchers at Stanford University state that lack of exercise is the main reason why an increasing number of Americans are obese, citing that the number of women who reported no exercise rose from 19% in 1994 to 52% in 2010 and inactive men increased in that same time period from 11% to 43%. 

•Researchers at the National Cancer Institute report that people who are severely obese lose up to 14 years off their lives, with death rates 2.5-times higher than in healthy-weight adults. Most of the excess death is from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

•Finally, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York report that obesity is a serious growing problem among Hispanic Americans with 18% of women and 12% of men being obese and a growing number of young adults having BMI’s greater than 40, placing them in the severe obese category. 

Basterra-Gortari F, Bes-Rastrollo M, Gea A, et al: Television viewing, computer use, time driving and all-cause mortality. Journal of the American Heart Association 2014;June 25th. 

Ladabaum U, Mannalithara A, Myer P, et al: Obesity, abdominal obesity, physical activity, and caloric intake in U.S. adults: 1988-2010. American Journal of Medicine 2014;March 10th. 

Kaplan R, Aviles-Santa M, Parrinello C, et al: Body mass index, sex, and cardiovascular disease risk factors among Hispanic/Latino adults. Journal of the American Heart Association 2014;July 9th. 

Kitahara C, Flint A, Berrington de Gonzalez A, et al: Association between Class III obesity (BMI of 40-59 kg/m2) and mortality. PLoS Med 2014;July 8th. 


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