Obesity and Chronic Disease
Overweight and obesity are not only risk factors for several serious diseases, but may also worsen existing conditions.
Heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lung disease are the leading causes of death in North Carolina. Compared with national rates, North Carolina adults are more likely to have sedentary lifestyles and be obese.
Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are among the leading causes of preventable death in North Carolina. More than half (53%) of all deaths of North Carolinians are preventable.
These slides describe chronic diseases associated with obesity.