Dan Glickman served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001. Ann Veneman served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 until 2005. Here’s some facts on the Obesity Epidemic that they recently shared:
Good nutrition lies at the very core of our values and our productivity as a nation. Today, one in three American children is obese or overweight. By 2030, a staggering 50 percent of American adults are predicted to be obese. As a result, chronic obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma, are at an all time high — and the cost to our health care system has reached a crushing $147 billion a year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that current generations of teenagers are at increased risk of developing heart disease. Of thousands surveyed, not one child could fully meet the American Heart Association’s standards for “ideal cardiovascular health,” and only 20 percent could meet two to three of the five requirements. Without a comprehensive change in policy and the steadfast support of policymakers, America’s health will continue to decline.
But that’s not all. As Americans grow more obese, we jeopardize our economic well-being and our competitiveness as a nation. Not only does obesity dramatically inflate health care costs, recent studies have shown that it accounts for $73.1 billion dollars each year in lost productivity at work.
The year 2030 is only 18 years and one month from now. Scary, huh?