Obesity On the Rise

Posted on June 22, 2011

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Currently over 30% of adults are obese. As a major health concern, obesity increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. Since these conditions are of major concern, it is important that everyone learn about obesity and obesity prevention.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce , a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health science libraries, has created an online resource including  focusing on obesity. The website offers reports, publications, guidelines, data and statistics, obesity programs and campaigns, policy issues, and holds conferences and events. With more than 70 categorized articles to choose, Partners can serve as a great reference for anyone wanting to learn about obesity.

The Boston Public Health Commission has also been committed to addressing the staggering rise of obesity among Americans.  To help you understand more about the issue of obesity in Boston here are a few statistics:

1)     In 2006, 44% of adults and 70% of high school students in Boston did not engage in regular physical activity.

2)     In 2006, only 26% of Boston adults and 11% of Boston high school students reported consuming the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

3)     About 19% of Boston adults are obese. Among Boston high school students, 19% are overweight and 15% are obese

4)     Racial and ethnic disparities continue to persist: Black and Latino students have higher obesity rates compared to White students

 There are also 4 large-scale interventions that BPHC is working to achieve.

1)     Reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages

2)     Active Living and Transit Initiative: Increase the opportunities for biking and walking

3)     “Grow Your Own” Initiative: Increase access to fruits and vegetables

4)     School Interventions: Increase physical activity and physical education

To read more on these interventions please, click here.  If you think you are unhealthy, it is important to see a doctor or nutritionist. Call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 and we can help find a doctor near you.

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