According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009 – 2010, more than one-third of adults in the United States were obese. Obesity related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death (www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html).
Marion Public Health’s 2014 Adult Community Survey found 33.8% of the adults who responded were overweight and 40.1% were obese (based on respondents Body Mass Index (1)). According to the 2014 Community Health Ranking 32% of Marion County adults are obese compared to 28% throughout the United States (data source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation, 2010).
The CDC estimates the annual medical costs of obesity in the United States as over $147 billion. In 2008, the medical costs for individuals who were obese was $1,429 higher than someone of normal weight (www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html).
PHC – Marion and CHC Marion are working to reduce obesity in Marion County by increasing opportunities people have to be physically active and eat healthy in their daily lives. We are working to change Marion’s environment, policies and systems so that everyone has easy access to physical activity and healthy eating.
Join our efforts by contacting PHC – Marion Coordinator Mariann Wright firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/: Provides guidelines on the amount of physical activity children need each day and ideas for how to incorporate physical activity into one’s daily life.
marionymca.org/adult: Provides information on physical activity and other well-being programs for adults at the Marion Family YMCA.
www.choosemyplate.gov: Provides the latest information on eating healthy; includes a page just for kids; and also includes ideas for physical activity.
www.phcohio.org/teachers-childcare-providers: Great list of Ohio and national resources for parents, teachers, childcare providers and others who work with children.
1 CDC definition of Body Mass Index: www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/