Study Shows There’s a Bigger Cause for Obesity Than Diet

Bigger Cause for Obesity than Diet

There’s no doubt the U.S. has a serious obesity epidemic and statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show just how enormous – and costly – this preventable health problem is. About 36% of adult Americans are now obese, placing them at high risk of some of the leading causes of preventable death including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. This translates into a heavy economic burden for both individuals and their employers. Government figures reveal obese workers’ health woes cost American companies $225.8 billion per year due to productivity losses. In all, each obese employee costs his or her employer $460 to $2,500 in obesity-related medical expenses and sick days per year. Despite the popularity of special diets touted for weight control, why are too many Americans heavier instead of slimmer and trimmer? New research from the Stanford University School of Medicine could …