Blog | Wednesday, December 21, 2011

QD: News Every Day--Update shows 1 in 3 overweight, 1 in 3 obese, for $300 billion in costs

A highly popular and widely cited update on America's cardiovascular health shows that one-third of children and adults are overweight and one-third are obese (body-mass index greater than 30 kg/m2).

Results of the annual Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update appeared Dec. 15 at Circulation. The updates have been cited in the literature more than 8,700 times since since 1999 and about 1,600 times in 2010 alone.

Among the other factoids:
--The rate of death from cardiovascular disease fell 30.6% from 1998 to 2008. It still accounted for almost one in three deaths in 2008, more than 2,200 each day, or an average of 1 every 39 seconds.
--One third of deaths from cardiovascular disease occurred among younger than 75. The average life expectancy is 77.9 years.
--One-third of adults older than 20 have hypertension. Eight in 10 know it, seven in 10 take a pill for it, and nearly five in 10 have it controlled.
--15% have total serum cholesterol levels greater than 240 mg/dL.
--Metabolic syndrome affects one-third of the population.
--Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases are approaching $300 billion, more than any other diagnostic group. For comparison, cancer is $228 billion.