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The Most Preventable Causes of Death in the U.S.


In relation to an article on the top 5 causes of death in the U.S. and what you can do about it, this graph on wikipedia shows the top preventable causes of death in the U.S.

The following graph is taken from a year 2000 study published in Jama, and is based on the fact that heart attacks and cancer kill most people. It impossible to trace the exact cause of death for any person, so these figures should be regarded with some caution. That said, the epidemiology of the researchers is as good as any, here is the graph:

Bar graph of preventable causes of death
Source:Mokdad AH, Marks JS. Actual causes of death in the United States, 2000. JAMA 291

Smoking accounts for 18% of all preventable deaths, and obesity is not far behind at 15%, yet of the two smoking is the one which strikes the most fear in people's hearts. Why is this? Part of it is advertising against smoking, but part of it is also a lack of awareness as to just how dangerous obesity is.

Of course, everything is a life choice, and people have to decide what makes them happy. It would just be nice to see more people aware of just how risky obesity is when they make their choices.





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Comments.
Name:Brownox
Location:United States
Subject:Obesity
"It would just be nice to see more people aware of just how risky obesity is when they make their choices."

You know what, I think the obese get the point. Being fat is bad for you.

Now if we promise to kill ourselves when obesity related complications arise instead of using up America's limited medical resources, will you all stop with the harping and let us enjoy our food?

Posted on 2012-11-25 19:35:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Obesity
Hi Bronox, thanks for your comment. I am sure some obese people are aware of the problem, but there are probably plenty of overweight and obese people who do no know it. Using the Body Mass Index can help people become aware of their weight, and hopefully take positive steps. Please stay positive and do your best for your health.
Posted on 2012-11-25 22:23:53
Name:Normal Healthy Weight
Location:U.S.A
Subject:Is it really that hard?
Is it really that hard to lose weight? I was overweight as a child and when I realized how bad it was I put down the goodies and took up running. So my question is: are people so far gone they can't control themselves and stop the next forkful of fat in their face, even know they know its going to kill them?
Posted on 2012-12-07 19:18:58

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Name:Brownox
Location:United States
Subject:Obesity
"It would just be nice to see more people aware of just how risky obesity is when they make their choices."

You know what, I think the obese get the point. Being fat is bad for you.

Now if we promise to kill ourselves when obesity related complications arise instead of using up America's limited medical resources, will you all stop with the harping and let us enjoy our food?

Posted on 2012-11-25 19:35:51
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Obesity
Hi Bronox, thanks for your comment. I am sure some obese people are aware of the problem, but there are probably plenty of overweight and obese people who do no know it. Using the Body Mass Index can help people become aware of their weight, and hopefully take positive steps. Please stay positive and do your best for your health.
Posted on 2012-11-25 22:23:53
Name:Normal Healthy Weight
Location:U.S.A
Subject:Is it really that hard?
Is it really that hard to lose weight? I was overweight as a child and when I realized how bad it was I put down the goodies and took up running. So my question is: are people so far gone they can't control themselves and stop the next forkful of fat in their face, even know they know its going to kill them?
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