Obestiy continues to rise despite rising rates of activity

3:45 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.- The good news from a recent health study is that Americans are starting to get more active. The bad news is we're not doing enough and we are living longer with bad health.

Dr. Courtney Baechler, Allina Health Chief Prevention and Wellness officer and Cardiologist joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to sort out the Washington University study.

"More aggressive strategies to prevent and control obesity are needed. Diet and changes in individual behavior are key components," said Dr. Ali Mokdad, Professor of Global Health at IHME and a coauthor of the study. "Understanding local trends in obesity and physical activity in both rural and urban areas will help communities develop successful strategies and learn from one another."

The following is excerpted from the study:

The highest life expectancy for men increased from 75.5 years in 1985 to 81.7 years in 2010, and the lowest life expectancy remained under 65, which ranks below Indonesia. For women at the county level, the highest life expectancy increased from 81.1 years in 1985 to 85 years in 2010, and lowest life expectancy remained at about 73 years, lower than Botswana.

"That's slow progress in life expectancy compared to other countries around the world, and it's especially slow for women," said Dr. Haidong Wang, Assistant Professor of Global Health at IHME and lead author on the life expectancy study.

In 1,405 counties in the US, there was no significant change in life expectancy for women in a quarter century. The same was true in 154 counties for men. Women in Marin County, California, live the longest at 85 years, better than Spain and France. Women in Perry County, Kentucky, have the shortest average life expectancy at 72.7 years, which puts them behind their peers in Russia and Vietnam. Men in Fairfax County, Virginia, live longer than men in Japan and Switzerland at 81.7 years, but men in McDowell County, West Virginia, fare worse than men in Yemen and Sudan as they live to 63.9 years on average.



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