|Hawaiian surfer, late 19th century. Photo courtesy of the Bishop Museum|
- Just 15 years ago Hawaii had a combined obesity and overweight rate of 42.2 percent. In five years, it grew to 49.4 percent. Now, the combined rate is 57.5 percent.
- Diabetes rates have doubled in ten states in the past 15 years. In 1995, Hawaii had a diabetes rate of 4.4 percent. Now the diabetes rate is 8.3 percent.
- Fifteen years ago, Hawaii had a hypertension rate of 21.5 percent. Now, the rate is 27.8 percent.
- For Native Hawaiians, the figures are even more alarming. The combined obesity and overweight rate is over 75% in that group.
Here's Dr. Shintani speaking at the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii in Honolulu in January of this year. (If you are impatient and want to skip the intro and go right to the talk, it starts at about the 5:40 mark.)
"Health isn't everything, but everything else is nothing without health."
Eat well. Be well!