The prevalence of overweight is higher for men (70 percent) than women (62 percent). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of adults who are overweight or obese has continued to increase.
• About 68.3 million men age 20 and older are overweight or obese, that’s about 3.3 million more obese/overweight men than women!
• Of the 60 million obese adults in the U.S., 28.6 million of these are men.
On average, men die almost 6 years younger than women and suffer higher
mortality rates for the top causes of death. – Men’s Health Policy Center
Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for:
• Coronary heart disease
• High blood cholesterol
• Gallbladder disease
• Osteoarthritis (degeneration of cartilage and bone of joints)
• Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
• Some forms of cancer (colorectal and kidney)
*National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001 to 2004.
The Impact of the Father’s Health on the Family
1. Father’s BMI predicts son’s and daughter’s BMI
2. Physical fitness of daughters negatively related to their father’s obesity
3. Obesity of fathers associate with a four-fold increase in the risk of obesity of sons and daughters at age 18
4. Father’s inactivity strong predictor of children’s inactivity
5. Obese Children less likely to report that their fathers were physically active than non obese childrenSG, Kerr LM, Ward DS, Pate RR. “Physical activity and determinants of physical activity in obese and non-obese children. School of Human Movement Studies, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland Fogelholm M, Nuutinen O, Pasanen M, Myohanen E, Saatela T. “Paretn-child relationship of physical activity patterns and obesity.” University of Helsinki, Lahti Research and Training Centre, Finland