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Obesity Means 4X Diabetes Risk for Most U.S. Adults: Report

The connection between obesity and diabetes — two areas of focus for a well-run workplace wellness program — is one that we’ve addressed often, including:

Now Gallup reports that “Obese adults between the ages of 25 and 64 are at least four times more likely to have been diagnosed with diabetes than those who are normal weight… By their mid-to-late 30s, 9.3% of adults who are obese have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared with 1.8% among those who are normal weight.”

The post continues: “In 2016, 28.4% of all U.S. adults were classified as obese, and 11.6% reported having been diagnosed with diabetes. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that about one in three Americans born in the year 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetime, and that the percentage of Americans with the disease will at least double from current levels by the year 2050.”

And there’s added focus on women: “In 2016, women were only slightly more likely than men to report having been diagnosed with diabetes — 11.7% to 11.4%, respectively. Women who are obese, however, are more likely than obese men to have diabetes across all age groups up to age 60, at which point both groups converge. The increased diabetes risk is considerably higher for obese women than for obese men across most age groups.”