Why is obesity on the rise?
According to one recent study, technology is the culprit.
The worldwide study by the Milken Institute found that for every 10 percent increase in a country’s spending on communications technology, there’s a 1.4 percent increase in obesity rates.
That seems to ring true, doesn’t it? Think about the “screen” time we all spend … whether it’s high-definition TVs, smart phones, notepads, laptops or gaming devices. For people of all ages, these wonderful advancements can mean a more sedentary lifestyle.
And it’s not just an American phenomenon. The link between technology and obesity applied to all 27 countries in the study.
But just as we lead the way in technology, we also lead in obesity. In the USA, the obesity rate is 33.8 percent, followed by Mexico (30 percent), New Zealand (26.5 percent), Australia (24.6 percent) and Canada (24.2 percent).
And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2030, the U.S. obesity rate is expected to rise to 42 percent.
What is the true cause of this alarming trend?
Our answer: Does it matter?
For people who are severely obese, the right question is: What can I do to get on the road to healthier life?
That’s where we come in. We’re dedicated to changing the lives of people with severe weight problems. If diets and exercise have not produced effective, lasting results for you, it’s time to learn more about weight-loss surgery.
We invite you to explore our website and our blog, where you can learn from the experiences of our patients who have graciously shared their stories.
Better yet, we invite you to attend one of our seminars, where you can meet our surgeons and patients face-to-face and get your questions answered. You can find our seminar schedule on this website.
You can also make an appointment to see one of our surgeons by calling (516) 616-5500 or, if you prefer, click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.
Yes, inaction can contribute to obesity. But the good news is that the action of reaching out to learn more can be that first step to a new life.
Why not take that first step today?