Is your extra weigh killing you?

imageShocking news being reported in USA Today about a new study that says that the extra weight you are carrying around just could be making you sick.
“About one in five (18%) of deaths among white and African-American people in the USA, ages 40 to 85, are associated with people being overweight or obese, the latest research suggests.”
“Yet several national health experts think that may be an overestimate because of the methodology used for the analysis. Calculations from scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that about 5% of deaths a year in the U.S. are because of obesity.”
“A third of Americans (36%) are obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. Obesity puts people at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Pinpointing obesity-related deaths is an evolving science as researchers use different statistical models to come up with estimates.”
“‘Obesity has much worse health consequences than people realize,'” says the study’s lead author Ryan Masters, who conducted the research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.”
How do you feel about extra weight? Killing you? Unsightly? No issue? Is it our responsibility to stay healthy and reduce the burden on the nation’s healthcare system or is it the country’s responsibility to help us deal with our health problems or both?

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