Friday, February 1, 2013

Poll: Few Americans know all the risks of overweight/obesity

A recent article in the Denver Post highlights results of a survey completed by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showing that most people still don’t understand the enormity of health risks associated with overweight/obesity. The poll asked over one thousand adults, nationwide, to list the consequences of obesity. While many listed heart disease and diabetes as consequences, most did not realize there are many other health concerns resulting from overweight/obesity, including: cancers, infertility, joint issues, sleep apnea and respiratory problems.

View our health connections model video to learn more about how risk factors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and lack of access to care can lead to health conditions such as overweight/obesity, diabetes and hypertension and how ultimately the health conditions contribute to the leading causes of death in Jefferson County such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. To be a part of the JCPH Community Health Assessment or to find out more about how certain health concerns and risk factors can lead to causes of death, please visit our website at

In the meantime, make sure to stay healthy! Getting outdoors- even during the winter months- and taking advantage of what Jefferson County has to offer is a great way to increase your physical activity! Jeffco Outdoors has some fantastic ideas and resources to help get your family physically active. After all, health and parks go hand in hand.

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