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Health implications of obesity in America are startling

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition reports there are costs for obesity in the next generation. Those who aren't physically active are more at risk for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hea...

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition reports there are costs for obesity in the next generation.

Those who aren't physically active are more at risk for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the council reports.

• If things remain as they are today, one-third of all children born in the year 2000 or later may suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives, while many others are likely to face chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and asthma.

• Studies indicate that overweight youth may never achieve a healthy weight, and up to 70 percent of obese teens may become obese adults.

• Even more worrisome, the cumulative effect could be that children born in the year 2000 or later may not outlive their parents.

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"The impact of obesity doesn't end there," the President's Council reports. "Obesity has personal financial and national economic implications as well. Those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average (roughly 42 percent higher). And annual direct costs of childhood obesity are $14.3 billion.

"By incorporating physical activity into your daily life - 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children - as well as healthy eating, you will experience positive health benefits and be on the path for a better future."

Go to www.fitness.gov for more information, facts and statistics along with tips on being more active.

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