Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Obesity Beats Smoking as Greatest Health Risk

Source: Healthzone.ca (Summary by NIM)

Obesity has finally beat out smoking as the biggest risk to North Americans' Health, a new study has found.

For years, smoking has been the number one health risk in North America, but in the last 15 years, thanks to anti-smoking campaigns, new legislations and other factors, smoking has slowly declined, while obesity has risen steadily. In fact, it seems more and more that various factors and influences are increasingly available to fuel this obesity epidemic, rather than put an end to it.

Back in 2008, the overall health risk for obesity caught up to smoking, and, according to Haomiao Jia, the lead author of the study and a Columbia University biostatistics expert,"It's getting worse and worse each year."

To find out more about the findings of this study, check out the article called "Obesity tops tobacco as biggest health threat" from Healthzone.ca (Jan. 6, 2010).