Obesity is a major cause of preventable death and disease in the united states, affecting more than 58 million people or one out of 3 American. Approximately 300,000 preventable deaths a year are attributed to obesity-related disorders. Obesity is linked to heart disease, malnutrition, gallbladder disease, reflux, gout, asthma, joint degeneration, and cancer.
The majority of these obesity related deaths are due to cardiac disease, diabetes Type 2 (adult onset) and certain cancers. Currently there are more than 16 million diabetics and 15.3 million have Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that only half of the people with Type 2 diabetes have been diagnosed.