Losing weight in America is big business. Americans spend $61 billion a year on everything from diet pills and exercise videos to meal plans, health club memberships and medical treatment. One of the fastest growing and lucrative segments of the weight-loss market is surgery.
It's well known that obesity can lead to a lot of health problems, but what's rarely talked about is the impact on people's sexual health. As the obesity rate has soared in the U.S., more and more marriage and family therapists are getting questions from obese clients about problems in the bedroom.
It's an issue that Dana Englehardt and her husband, Larry Boynton, of Belmont, Calif., know well.
This past weekend, thousands turned out for road races around Colorado including the Denver Half Marathon and the Compass Harvest Run in Golden. It’s no surprise that running and other fitness activities are wildly popular in Colorado, where being fit seems to be engrained in the culture. But even here in the thinnest state in the nation, waistlines are widening, especially among children. And as KUNC’s Kirk Siegler reports, public health officials are sounding the alarm.
A lot of emphasis has been placed on combating the ever-growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. And now, veterinarians are becoming more concerned as the numbers of overweight furry family members climbs.
The average life expectancy for men in Holmes County, Miss., is 65 years. That's a full decade shorter than the U.S. average.
So what's killing people there? Researchers say it's no coincidence that Holmes County is also one of Mississippi's poorest, and most obese. Forty-two percent of the county's residents are considered obese.