Nearly 3 million people die every year as a result of being obese or overweight. Today 2/3 of adults struggle with being obese or overweight. Nearly 20% of all health care spending is caused by obesity. Obesity is linked with over 60 different chronic diseases.
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Diabetes and pre diabetes cost America $322 Billion per year.
In order to increase the availability of mental health services there are 5 key barriers that need to be overcome: the absence of mental health from the public health agenda and the implications for funding; the current organization of mental health services; lack of integration within primary care; inadequate human resources for mental health; and lack of public mental health leadership.