The most recent data from the National Diabetes Fact Sheet (2011) indicates there are an estimated 25.8 million children and adults in the United States who have some form of diabetes and 79 million American have pre-diabetes. The estimated numbers are growing annually; in large part because diabetes or pre-diabetes is linked to America’s other serious health problem: obesity.
Roughly two out of every three American adults are within a weight range that can be classified as overweight or obese. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 35.7 percent of adults in the United States were obese in 2009. Given the current trend it is expected that the number of people who will develop diabetes or pre-diabetes is going to continue to grow.