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Over 65 Percent of Adults Overweight or Obese Free Educational Event Set for Monday May 19

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), in 2003-2004, an estimated 66 percent of U.S. adults were classified as overweight or obese. Being overweight increases a person's risk of many diseases and health conditions, including diabetes. To educate people about the importance of weight management, MeritCare is holding an educational event on Monday, May 19, called "Obesity on the Rise and Diabetes Control."

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), in 2003-2004, an estimated 66 percent of U.S. adults were classified as overweight or obese. Being overweight increases a person's risk of many diseases and health conditions, including diabetes. To educate people about the importance of weight management, MeritCare is holding an educational event on Monday, May 19, called "Obesity on the Rise and Diabetes Control."

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the MeritCare Broadway Clinic, 737 Broadway N., Fargo, in the auditorium, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is required, please call (701) 234-5570 or (877) 234-4240.

Some facts about obesity and diabetes:
  • The CDC reports that during the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S.
  • According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
  • There are 20.8 million people in the U.S., or 7 percent of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly 33 percent) are unaware that they have the disease.
  • For more information, go to meritcare.com or diabetes.org.