According to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 50% of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. The predictions for Arizona however are even more dire. At its current rate Arizona is predicted to have an adult obesity rate of 58.8% in just 18 years. TrekDesk Treadmill Desk hopes to promote its Movement Revolution to prevent this dire prediction from becoming reality.
The report (http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2012/?stateid=AZ) details the health consequences if Arizonans do nothing to change their current health course. By 2032, obesity could contribute to 728,569 new cases of type 2 diabetes, 1,517,230 new cases of coronary heart disease and stroke, 1,449,229 new cases of hypertension, 968,616 new cases of arthritis, and 217,683 new cases of obesity-related cancer in Arizona alone.
Will this prediction become reality? Most experts agree that if we stay on our current path that it will but hold out hope that specific interventions can change the dynamic in short order. While Americans seem to be addicted to a multi-billion diet industry little attention has been paid to their lack of activity.
“Simply doubling the steps an average American walks per day would have a tremendously positive effect on obesity and related diseases. Walking 10,000 steps per day has been shown to reduce the risk of initial heart attacks by 90% and stroke by 70% in previous studies,” stated Steve Bordley, championing a Movement Revolution through his firm TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “Sometimes when the solutions are right in front of us, we tend to push them to the side. Walking a minimum of 10,000 steps a day would have a dramatic impact on the health landscape of our country.”
The impact of a 5% reduction in Body Mass Index would have a dramatic impact in Arizona according to the report. Achieving that goal would save Arizonans 7.5% in health care costs equating to a savings of $13.64 billion (yes, billion!) by 2030.
The impact on individual health in Arizona is even more profround:154,737 people could be spared from type 2 diabetes,
- 114,546 from coronary heart disease and stroke,
- 112,018 from hypertension,
- 68,326 from arthritis, and
- 9,983 from obesity-related cancer.
“We know a lot more about how to prevent obesity than we did 10 years ago. This report also outlines how policies like increasing physical activity time in schools and making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable can help make healthier choices easier. Small changes can add up to a big difference. Policy changes can help make healthier choices easier for Americans in their daily lives ,” stated Jeff Levi, PhD, and executive director of TFAH.