Why “Be Fit to Be’ne’Fit”?
A recent study showed that there is a problem of
overweight and obesity on this campus.
Taking steps towards being fit,
by making healthier foodchoices and increasing physical activity, will help you to have freedom from the diseases that are associated with overweight and obesity.
The Be Fit campaign was created with the aim to help employees, their families, and students achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. We hope that you take advantage of the Be Fit activities occurring at the Columbia University Medical Center, as well as the information and resources presented on the website.
Be Fit to ...
- Decrease risk of overweight and obesity
- Decrease risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancers
- Improved mental health and productivity
Obesity is a major health problem for many Americans and accounts for more than 300,000 deaths annually. Obesity is a long-term chronic disease and is a key contributing risk factor for four of the seven leading causes of deaths (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer). In the U.S. obesity and overweight are linked to a host of chronic disorders: hypertension, dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus, the “metabolic syndrome”, psychological disorders and diseases including coronary heart disease, lung diseases, sleep apnea, degenerative arthritis, gall bladder disease and some cancers. In women, obesity before conception is linked to increased risks of premature delivery and congenital birth defects. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the US after smoking.
The National Center for Health Statistics found 64.5% of the adult American population was overweight in 1999-2000, and 30.5% obese (compared with 23 % only 7-10 years ago). African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at even greater risk. At the workplace healthy weights are associated with less absenteeism, higher productivity, and decreased medical and insurance costs. The potential health benefits from reduction in overweight and obesity are of considerable importance both to the individual and to the population.
Obesity is clearly associated with increased morbidity and mortality and the greatest neglected public health crisis in the US. The costs of obesity are staggering; currently over 10% of the national health care budget.
Richard Deckelbaum, MD
Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
Wahida Karmally, Dr. PH, RD, CDE
Director of Nutrition, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Megan Tubman, RD
The Be Fit campaign was designed by the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Institute of Human Nutrition, and Nutrition Services of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
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