50% of Americans Have a Chronic Disease: CDC Reveals the Cost of Unhealthy Living

CDC: 50% of Americans have a chronic disease
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded chronic diseases and conditions are among the most common, and preventable, of all health problems. As of 2012, these diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis affect about half of all adults living in the United States. It gets worse. A quarter of adults in the US have two or more of these chronic diseases. Obesity affects more than 33% of American adults, and 20% of American adolescents. Arthritis is the most common cause for disability, and diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. These statistics are staggering, especially since there are many ways to prevent them from ha...

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4 Responses to 50% of Americans Have a Chronic Disease: CDC Reveals the Cost of Unhealthy Living

  1. Rivkah says:

    I am sorry a photo of an obese person was chosen to head this article. Yes, obesity is a serious health issue in America, but the pic is disrespectful to the person shown. Imagine what it took for him to leave his home and go to this event or whatever it is he is attending? A pic does not need to be shown to get the point across. And no, I am not obese.

  2. hamchan says:

    These diseases are not always preventable, and frankly I get sort of tired of that assumption being thrown around. Many of my family members who live with, or have died from, these types of diseases were never overweight or sedentary. At least not until they were debilitated by disease. My husband is diabetic with kidney disease and he is not overweight. He goes to the gym 6 days a week and carefully monitors everything he eats. There may be a somewhat higher correlation between obesity and certain diseases, but it’s not nearly as high as the headlines suggest, not is it always preventable.

  3. That photo was chosen by me — since obesity is one of the leading preventable chronic diseases, it was appropriate. Just as if I had featured a smoker, it would have been appropriate. The person’t face is not shown (on purpose).

  4. Jo says:

    The diseases we are faced with comprise of several factors (causes). Obesity, smoking, genetics, environmental/stress and diet. Genetics and environmental are the two we don’t have much control over, although there can be some modicum of control with environmental causes.

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