Diabetes: Big Apple’s Big Problem – Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes on the Rise

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NYC’s Department nad Health and Hygiene reports that type 2 diabetes and obesity increased by 17 percent between 2002 and 2004.  Nationwide, obesity has gone up by 6 percent and the diabetes rate has remained static at 7 percent.

The study, which is published in April’s issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, involved a telephone survey of around 10,000 Big Apple adults.  Responses to the Community Health Survey was compared to a similar national survy called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

In 2002, 19.5 percent of the city’s adults were obese; in 2004, 22.8 percent were, the study said. Diagnosed type 2 diabetes cases rose from 8.1 percent of New Yorkers to 9.5 percent, the study said.

Pending Fast Food Legislation

Thomas Frieden, NYC Health Commissioner, has spearheaded a new city ordinance that requires fast-food chains to post calorie counts and he says that this study underscore the pressing need for such legislation.

On the grounds that the new law violates free speech, a restaurant trade group’s law suit has delayed the legislation from taking effect at the end of March. A court ruling is expected by mid-April.

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  • That statistics are awful, people should really consider implementing some healthy food in their diet and start exercising properly.

    But life in Big Apple probably doesn’t allow people to have enough free time to do that. That’s why they should prevent it with some supplements.

    But, before supplements people should definitely change their diet, because most supplements are useless without a good nutrition plan.