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The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina

The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina. Obesity-Related Chronic Disease. Obesity-Related Chronic Disease. More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable.

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The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina

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  1. The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Obesity-Related Chronic Disease

  2. Obesity-Related Chronic Disease • More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable. • Overweight and obesity are significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status. • Inadequate fruits and vegetables, lack of leisure time physical activity, obesity, and overweight make up 80% of N.C.’s risk factor or behaviors.

  3. Preventable Causes of Death in N.C. State Center for Health Statistics, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (2007).

  4. The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Arthritis

  5. Arthritis and Obesity • Obese adults are twice as likely to develop knee osteoarthritis as adults at a healthy weight. • For every two-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by 9 to 13%.

  6. Arthritis and Obesity

  7. Suggestions from a Health Professional

  8. Arthritis and Physical Activity • Among older adults with knee osteoarthritis, engaging in moderate physical activity at least three times per week can reduce the risk of arthritis-related disability by 47%.

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