By Monica E. Oss, Chief Executive Officer Ninety percent of U.S. health care expenditures are resources for people with chronic and behavioral health conditions (see Health And Economic Costs Of Chronic Diseases). These conditions are the leading cause of illness, disability, and death in the United States as well. The data on the rising prevalence of chronic and behavioral conditions continues to mount. Pre-diabetes among teenagers in the U.S. increased from 11.6% in 1999 to 28.2% in 2018—paralleling the rise in youth obesity rates; the prevalence of those overweight increased from 13.3% to 18.4% and those with obesity increased from 16.4% to 21.5% (see Prediabetes Increased Among U.S.…
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