Now that the Baby Boomers are reaching old age, they make up 26% of the American population. They now get the chance to take advantage of Medicare, caregivers, children, etc. However, one might not guess that the Baby Boomers generation is also suffering from a higher rate of obesity across the board than ever before. Combine this with widespread lack of exercise, and you get a recipe for disaster in the form of Type 2 diabetes along with other chronic, obesity related diseases. Now, those between the ages of 55 and 64 suffer from a 39% rate of obesity as opposed to 31% between 1988 and 1994.
50% of Baby Boomers are now suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, etc according to the CDC. The CDC has stated that increased diet and exercise would make a significant impact on these diseases among other things. And apparently 40% have reached the point of obesity. Former Utah Governor and Now secretary of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt states “It’s time to act against both conditions so more Americans can live longer, healthier lives.”
There are those who would critique the CDC such as Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession With Weight Is Hazardous To Your Health. Campos believes that all these studies are fueled by unreliable science, prejudices against fat people, and greedy marketing executives. Apparently, all those people, including the infamous Star Jones, who have undergone gastric bypass surgeries or serious weight loss programs because of various existing health problems were fooled by the sneaky medical community. Campos also claims that Kate Moss and Calista Flockhart are the cultural ideal, even though they have technically been criticized for being “too thin” as have various international runway models. As such, Campos offers no support for his claims.
Campos’ book has been featured a Scientific American cover article, and his book is literally flying off the shelves. After all, if you tell people the things they want to hear rather than the things they need to hear, they want to listen to you. After all, it’s more pleasant to think that the health care industry and the government is conspiring against you than it is to admit that you might be overweight and at a higher degree of health related risks because of it.