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Weniger als 50% aller US-Amerikaner haben ein gesundes Gewicht [Allgemein]
16 Jan 06

Fast 1/3 der Bevölkerung ist übergewichtig

Eine Erklärung der US-Regierung hat bekanntgegeben, dass weniger als 50% der US-Bevölkerung ein gesundes Gewicht haben, fast 1/3 der Bevölkerung sei fettleibig und ein weiteres Drittel befinde sich auf der Schwelle dazu. Ferner seien 16% der Kinder bzw. Jugendlichen im Alter zwischen 6 und 19 Jahren fettleibig. Ungefähr 20,8 Millionen Menschen, d. h. 7% der Bevölkerung, leide unter Diabetes.

Statement on NIH Research on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes by Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have become major public health problems in this country. Less than half of American adults are at a healthy weight. Approximately one-third of American adults are obese and an additional one-third are overweight and at risk for becoming obese. Alarmingly, approximately 16 percent of children and teens ages six to 19 are also overweight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of developing numerous serious health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has increased with the national increase in overweight and obesity. Approximately 20.8 million people — 7 percent of the United States population — have diabetes. In this month’s Nature Medicine special feature on the metabolic syndrome, we discuss the NIH research portfolio on obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to the continued support of innovative and collaborative research on obesity and its concomitant health problems. Recognizing the urgent need for increased action to counter the problem of obesity in this country, Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the NIH, established the NIH Obesity Research Task Force in April 2003. In 2004, the Task Force, co-led by NIDDK and NHLBI, developed and published the Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, with critical input from external scientists and the public. The Strategic Plan is a guide for coordinating obesity research across the NIH and for enhancing research in areas of greatest scientific opportunity.

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