Interested in learning more about chronic diseases and what they mean to you and your customers? Several chronic diseases are related to obesity. Understanding what these diseases mean to Americans can put you one step ahead in the health and weightloss industry.  Keep reading to find out more!

We hear about chronic diseases more and more often today in America and these devastating diseases are quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. According to the CDC, 7 of every 10 deaths in America each year are due to a chronic disease and almost one out of every two adults suffers from at least one chronic illness.  Chronic diseases are long term health problems that are often lifestyle related. They include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity. They lead to disability, poor quality of life, premature death, and expensive health care costs.

A key characteristic of chronic diseases are that they are usually preventable and lifestyle related. The CDC states that “four modifiable health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases.” All of those factors can also contribute to obesity, which in turn, contribute to other chronic diseases. Obesity increases risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and hypertension. On the flip side, losing weight decreases risk factors for these debilitating conditions.

In addition, losing weight and preventing obesity can lead to great health benefits and savings in health care costs. The CDC makes the following statement: “The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion.”  Acheiving a healthy weight also leads to better health now and while a person ages. A healthy weight also helps people look and feel better.

Over the past twenty years, obesity has been on the rise in America. Currently, over one third of American adults are considered obese, which is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.  This current trend is part of the reason why the health and weight loss industry is booming! There are many companies selling weight loss and health supplements because so many Americans are interested in losing weight. Having an understanding of obesity and chronic disease can help you better market your products and services. Let Custom Health Labs help you build your brand and provide you with quality products to meet your customer’s needs. Check out our weight loss products available for private labeling today!