People Centre’d on Diabetes | Obesity epidemic needs to be addressed

September 16, 2013
by Lorraine Mulfinger
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania)

One of the biggest challenges we have as a nation is the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately many of us are not comfortable even talking about it for fear of offending or upsetting someone.

Two out three Americans — that’s almost 69 percent — are overweight, probably every two of three of you reading this. Thus two thirds of our population is suffering from or is at risk for serious obesity-related health consequences. Yet even physicians shy away from discussions of obesity for fear of offending. So it is good to see the recent annual report on the country’s obesity crisis putting it plainly in its title: “F as in Fat.” To quote the report, “If we fail to reverse our nation’s obesity epidemic, the current generation of young people may be the first in American history to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.”

Lorraine Mulfinger is associate director for Strategic Initiatives for Penn State and is People Centre’d on Diabetes treasurer. Information in this article was compiled from “F as in Fat: Key by the Trust for America’s Health ( and the Mayo Clinic website.



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