Obesity-Related Deaths Continued To Rise In 2015.

According to the Los Angeles Times (4/4, Healy), “New statistics on death rates in the United States appear to confirm a grim prediction – that obesity is reversing decades of steady expansion in Americans’ life spans.” CDC data show that “in the first nine months of 2015, more Americans of all ages died of obesity-related diseases compared with the same period in 2014,” as “deaths from stroke ticked up 4%, chronic liver disease deaths jumped 3% and deaths attributed to heart disease and to diabetes rose by 1% each.”

Meanwhile, deaths linked to “Alzheimer’s disease, which has been linked to midlife obesity, rose 19% over the year before.” The Times says Dr. David S. Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School is “calling for…the urgent adoption of policies that could improve Americans’ food and drink choices.

Related Links:

— “Will obesity reverse the life-span gains made over decades of health triumphs?,” Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2016.

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