Thursday, January 21, 2010

Suddenly Sick

Commenter K8 posted the link (which I had lost) to this informative chart from the Seattle Times. Reposted here for your viewing pleasure...Suddenly Sick (click on it to view it full-sized).

The number of people with at least one of four major medical conditions has increased dramatically in the past decade because of changes in the definitions of disease. "The new definitions ultimately label 75 percent of the adult U.S. population as diseased," according to calculations by two Dartmouth Medical School researchers.


  1. This is really informative. I had heard that the industry kept adjusting the criteria for gestational diabetes in order to make it into a big issue, but I hadn't heard about some of these other measurements being constantly adjusted.

  2. Anonymous1/21/2010

    Hm, this is really interesting. And it makes your previous post about obesity rates make more sense to me.