CDC Says Obesity Top Health Threat

CDC Says Obesity Top Health Threat
Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Center for Disease Control, has said that obesity is far more dangerous than West Nile and other threats - but that people ignore the problem.

Current statistics show that health problems caused by being overweight are almost as deadly as tobacco, and will soon overtake tobacco as a killer of US residents. When it does, it will become the leading cause of death.

Current statistics show that a full 65% of those in the US are overweight now. Even more frightening, a full 25% of residents in West Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi are obese.

To be overweight, you have a body mass index (or BMI) of 25 or higher. To qualify for obese, your BMI is 30 or higher.

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