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Chef Mark's Health Care Corner

The reality of health in America and thru-out the world is that it is getting worse and worse with no end in site. We are creating the greatest liability and expense as a nation and a planet because of our unhealthy lifestyles. Being the most unhealthy nation on the globe, it's no wonder that we are also developing the greatest debt as a nation.

Below are some of the amazing facts from the wikipedia website. I have added the boldness to particular facts. Please link below for a more in-depth study of these amazing realities.

 

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that a record 50.7 million residents (which includes 9.9 million non-citizens) or 16.7% of the population were uninsured in 2009. More money per person is spent on health care in the USA than in any other nation in the world, and a greater percentage of total income in the nation is spent on health care in the USA than in any United Nations member state except for East Timor. Although not all people are insured, the USA has the third highest public health care expenditure per capita, because of the high cost of medical care in the country. A 2001 study in five states found that medical debt contributed to 46.2% of all personal bankruptcies and in 2007, 62.1% of filers for bankruptcies claimed high medical expenses. Since then, health costs and the numbers of uninsured and underinsured have increased.

 

Current estimates put U.S. health care spending at approximately 16% of GDP, second highest to East Timor (Timor-Leste) among all United Nations member nations. The Health and Human Services Department expects that the health share of GDP will continue its historical upward trend, reaching 19.5% of GDP by 2017. Of each dollar spent on health care in the United States 31% goes to hospital care, 21% goes to physician/clinical services, 10% to pharmaceuticals, 4% to dental, 6% to nursing homes and 3% to home health care, 3% for other retail products, 3% for government public health activities, 7% to administrative costs, and 7% to investment, and 6% to other professional services (physical therapists, optometrists, etc).

(Mark's Note: We are pushing 20% of every dollar going to health care?? If we would be eating properly as a nation, we wouldn't need all this health care! Back in 1960, it was only 5%. )

 

The page link below has facts on Health Care Providers, Health Care Spending, The Role of Government in Health care, Overall system effectiveness compared to other countries and much more. Learn More - Click Here to Wikipedia's Health Care in the United States

 

 

US Government Statistics

 

Here are some facts from US government agencies that give you a pretty good idea of what we are dealing with. I have added the boldness to particular facts. Please link below for a more in-depth study of these amazing realities.

 

Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and over one-third are obese, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

(Mark's Notes: WOW That only leaves 1/3 and out of that 1/3, how many have cancers, cholesterol, heart disease, and other life threatening sicknesses? The fact of the matter is that very few people are really healthy. VERY FEW!!)


Risk Factors for Overweight and Obesity

 

type 2 diabetes
coronary heart disease
high LDL ("bad") cholesterol
stroke
hypertension
nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
gallbladder disease
osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
sleep apnea and other breathing problems
some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
complications of pregnancy
menstrual irregularities

 

Q: How physically active is the U.S. population?
A: Only 31 percent of U.S. adults report that they engage in regular leisure-time physical activity (defined as either three sessions per week of vigorous physical activity lasting 20 minutes or more, or five sessions per week of light-to-moderate physical activity lasting 30 minutes or more). About 40 percent of adults report no leisure-time physical activity.

 

Q: What is the cost of obesity?
A: On average, people who are considered obese pay $1,429 (42 percent) more in health care costs than normal-weight individuals.

 

Q: How many adults age 20 and older are obese?
A: Over one-third of U.S. adults are obese.
All adults: 33.8 percent
Women: 35.5 percent
Men: 32.2 percent


Q: How many adults age 20 and older are extremely obese?

A: A small percentage of U.S. adults are extremely obese.
All adults: 5.7 percent


Q: How many adults age 20 and older are at a healthy weight ?

A: Less than one-third of U.S. adults are at a healthy weight.
All adults: 31.6 percent
Women: 36.5 percent
Men: 26.6 percent


Q: How has the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults changed over the years?
A: The prevalence has steadily increased among both genders, all ages, all racial/ethnic groups, all educational levels, and all smoking levels. From 1960 to 2005, the prevalence of obesity increased from 13.4 to 35.1 percent in U.S. adults age 20 to 74. Since 2004, while the prevalence of overweight is still high among men and women, there are no significant differences in prevalence rates documented from 2003 to 2004, 2005 to 2006, and 2007 to 2008.[4] In fact, among women, there has been no change in obesity prevalence between 1999 and 2008.

(Mark's Note: The fact that there has been no change in the obesity on these particulars, is because many of them have advanced to the new higher obesity categories, and even more people have replaced their past placement.)

 

These statistics are a little fraction of the facts that we already know. It is just an amazing fact to me that even when we know all these facts, we continue along the path to destruction. We do it as a country and we are doing it as individuals. We all know how bad it is for us to remain unhealthy, and yet the problems just continue to grow. Learn More - Click here for all the facts

 

Sources: Here are some of the sources that I use. When I am researching elements, I generally try to find a number of backings and not just one. When it comes to the statistics, you will notice that I often use a range or apx. # because of the range of different results from different sources.