Healthcare Facts

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Good health impacts work productivity!

Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest HMO’s (health maintenance organization) in the country, endorses plant- based nutrition for all their patients, especially those with obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

According to the Integrated Benefits Institute, which represents major US employees and businesses, absenteeism due to illness and disability costs approximately $576 billion a year. Additionally, roughly 39% of the workforce who feel ill but still report to work are not able to contribute their best effort for their patients.

A Gallup Poll reveals that only 1 in 7 employees are of normal weight with no chronic conditions including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. These employees use 4 sick leave days a year, compared to those who say they are overweight or obese and take, on average, 42 days per year.

Diabetes

  • 9.3% of the entire US population has diabetes, including over 25% of seniors
  • 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • 1.9 million Americans aged 20 or older are diagnosed each year – (5,205 a day)
  • The frequency of diabetes in youth is 1 in 400
  • 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes

Obesity

  • 35.1% adults age 20 years and over are obese
  • 69.0% adults age 20 years and over are overweight, including obesity
  • 20.5% adolescents age 12-19 years are obese
  • 17.7% children age 6-11 years are obese
  • 8.4% children age 2-5 years are obese

Heart Disease

  • Is the leading cause of death in the US
  • Will kill one out of 3 Americans
  • In the US, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds
  • Each minute someone in the US dies from a heart disease-related event
  • Coronary heart disease alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.