Gallup-Healthways Data on Obesity

By Alan Hoffman, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs
March 12, 2015, 11:53 PM

Staggering facts and figures from Gallup-Healthways about the impact of obesity in America.

Obesity remains a constant and growing threat to our public health, and Herbalife is committed to addressing the issue. The recent Gallup-Healthways survey demonstrates that, as a nation, we need to confront the rising levels of obesity.

People from all areas of society are gaining weight. Worse, many previously overweight adults are now obese. The health problems associated with weight gain and obesity are contributing to higher healthcare costs and an increasing amount of overweight and obese people are unemployed.

We see that lower income families are more likely to suffer from poor nutrition and obesity. This, together with a prevalence of food deserts, indicates an urgent need for better access to good nutrition and education about food and exercise.

Herbalife Offers Four Solutions to Address Obesity Now and in the Future

  1. Our range of nutrition products
    Herbalife products offer a convenient and easy way for people to make sure they’re meeting their daily calorie and nutrient needs.
  2. One to one guidance via our independent members
    Herbalife members offer support and guidance that can help individuals better decide on their body goals and stay on track.
  3. Supportive group environments in nutrition clubs and fit clubs
    A supportive environment is known to help people remain accountable to their goals. Interacting with their community helps people feel involved, positive and part of a group.
  4. Work done through the Herbalife Family Foundation to support vulnerable children.
    Making better nutrition available to children helps now. Delivering fun and informative advice about healthy eating helps children grow into adults who understand how to balance their meals and make good food choices.

The Gallup-Healthways Findings At A Glance
According to Gallup, “The percentage of U.S. adults who are obese continued to trend upward in 2014, reaching 27.7%. This is up more than two percentage points since 2008 and is the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it. More Americans who were previously overweight have now moved into the obese category, while the percentage who are at normal weight has remained stable since 2013.”

Gallup continues:

“While it is well-known that obesity is associated with physical health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases, obesity is also linked to other elements of well-being. Gallup previously found that obese adults experience lower social well-being than their normal-weight or overweight counterparts. Furthermore, higher obesity rates are linked to lower incomes and long-term unemployment, suggesting a relationship exists between obesity and lower financial well-being.”

Further, “Research suggests that helping Americans move from the obese to the overweight and normal weight categories would boost the overall U.S. economy. In addition to reducing healthcare costs, previous Gallup research shows that higher well-being predicts key business outcomes such as lower absenteeism and turnover, as well as fewer workplace safety incidents.”

“With the obesity rate increasing across nearly all demographic groups since 2008, it is imperative for employers, public health officials and individuals themselves to act to reverse the trend. However, given the link between lower well-being and obesity, these actions should focus on more than just diet and exercise.”

The Ongoing Push for Better Nutrition
While the survey shines a light on increased levels of obesity and the associated health concerns, we believe Herbalife is part of a brighter future. There is still much to do but through nutrition education, greater access to nutritionally balanced food, and community encouragement, we can make a difference.

Every day, we hear from independent Herbalife members and customers who have reached their nutrition goals. By working together, we can provide a support network that helps people make informed decisions about their food choices and makes embarking upon a healthy, active life possible for all.