More than 100 million Americans are overweight or obese, and more than 40 million have type 2 diabetes, according to the latest federal government data.
That puts them at a high risk of premature death and other health problems.
Obesity is a major cause of disability, and according to one study, people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are nearly four times more likely to die in a car crash than those with a BMI of 18 or lower.
A 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the obesity rate among the general population is nearly four and a half times higher than among adults who are at least 50 years old.
“Obesity rates are rising, and it’s getting worse.
There’s a lot of people in the U.S. who are unhealthy, overweight, and are living in the wrong kind of lifestyle,” Dr. Scott Greenberg, the CDC’s director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, told Business Insider.
“We’ve got to address it and we have to get them moving.”
Greenberg and other top officials in the health and human services departments of both the White House and Congress have been pressing for the Obama administration to take action to lower obesity rates among people under the age of 45, as well as for Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation.
In addition to making strides toward reducing obesity rates, there is hope that new technology will lead to better health.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a program to use blood tests to help people determine if they have certain diseases or other conditions.
The FDA is working with medical devices companies to use more blood tests, like platelets and antibodies, to help identify people who are likely to develop certain diseases, according the FDA.
The FDA says it will spend $300 million over the next three years on research to use the new technology.
“This will be a game changer,” said Dr. Bruce Woodcock, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for medical devices.
“These drugs are the gold standard of testing for diseases and conditions.”
Obesity experts believe that new tests like the blood tests could become the new standard in health care.
The FDA recently launched a new program to test people who have a blood test for a disease or condition, and the program is set to be completed by 2018.
One of the main obstacles to this new program is the fact that the FDA is limited by funding to test a small number of people.
The CDC’s Greenberg said he hopes the new blood tests will become a key part of the health care system in the coming years.
There are also ways that the tests could be used to track people who might not have received a blood-test result, Greenberg said.
If people in certain groups have a higher BMI, for example, the tests can tell them how unhealthy their blood-pressure levels are.
If that person has a higher blood-sugar level, for instance, the results can help the CDC decide if a blood sample might be a risk for heart disease or diabetes.
In a 2015 study, researchers found that people with the highest BMI tended to have a much higher risk of developing certain types of cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.
According to a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, people who had a high BMI were at a higher risk for developing some cancers.
Some experts have speculated that the higher BMI is related to the obesity epidemic.
For example, a study from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania found that those with the lowest BMI had the lowest rates of all cancers, as did people with other medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and a history of diabetes.