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The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina. Obesity-Related Chronic Disease. Obesity-Related Chronic Disease. More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable.

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The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina

Obesity-Related Chronic Disease


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Obesity-Related Chronic Disease

  • More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable.

  • Overweight and obesity are significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status.

  • Inadequate fruits and vegetables, lack of leisure time physical activity, obesity, and overweight make up 80% of N.C.’s risk factor or behaviors.


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Preventable Causes of Death in N.C.

State Center for Health Statistics, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, (2007).



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Arthritis and Obesity

  • Obese adults are twice as likely to develop knee osteoarthritis as adults at a healthy weight.

  • For every two-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by 9 to 13%.




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Arthritis and Physical Activity

  • Among older adults with knee osteoarthritis, engaging in moderate physical activity at least three times per week can reduce the risk of arthritis-related disability by 47%.


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