Introduction: Why We Do What We Do
Why we do what we do.
- In the United States in 2010, over 63% of people are overweight or obese.
- In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American’s diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.
- The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008.
- The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2008.
- 90% of parents with obese children do not seek medical help.
- 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. 79 million people are pre-diabetic.
- Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.
- 95%of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8.
- Studies have shown that about 30% of veterans, 45% of battered women, 50% of sexually abused children, and 35% of adult rape victims are likely to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lifetime.
Do we really need any more reasons?