Obesity is a condition that plagues a growing number of adults and children each year. Researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research says the majority of adults in California are overweight and diabetes cases are on the rise.
In fact, a recent study from the center found the prevalence of diabetes rose more than 25 percent between 2001 and 2007. Diabetes and excess weight have been linked to heart disease and other serious conditions.
The research performed in part by the center's faculty associate and adjunct professor Dr. Allison Diamant found obesity and diabetes rates are increasing regardless of ethnicity and income.
"When so many people of different ages, income and educational levels, and cultural backgrounds are struggling with obesity and diabetes, it suggests that 'going on a diet' is not enough," said Diamant. "We need to take a hard look at the environmental and structural factors that contribute to these conditions."
The research team calls for more recreational parks and greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables to help Californians cut back on unhealthful eating. Obesity and diabetes are just two conditions that increase medical costs and life insurance premiums.