As the leading voice of physicians in the state of Florida, the FMA is committed to working with doctors to improve the health of all Floridians. Here are the facts:
Obesity is an epidemic. Thirty-six percent of Americans are obese and only 36 percent of Floridians are at a healthy weight. One in every three children (31.7 percent) ages 2 to 19 is overweight or obese.
Obesity and being overweight contribute to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and strokes. Florida’s growing obesity crisis is a growing health care crisis.
Each year, obesity-related diseases (muscle and joint problems, chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, etc.) result in an estimated 400,000 deaths nationwide and $190 billion in health care costs – nearly 21 percent of all medical spending.
At this rate, by 2030, over half of Florida’s population will be obese. This could cost an additional $91 billion by 2023 ($73 billion from lost productivity and $18 billion in costs associated with treating chronic disease).
The FMA is uniquely positioned to help patients and physicians address these health concerns. Our goal is to help reduce chronic disease and promote a healthier Florida. We are assisting Florida’s physicians in educating their patients about the long-term benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.