21. Over 50 Million Americans Have Osteoporosis or Serious Risk Factors
An estimated 53 million Americans either have osteoporosis or have serious risk factors for osteoporosis (via healthline). With that high of a number, osteoporosis should be a considerable public health concern, with prevention programs and regular screenings in place for people who may not afford healthcare. Improving public health benefits everybody because workers are healthier and better able to perform their jobs. Regardless of their parent’s income level, healthier children will become more productive adults. Public health programs help improve these outcomes, and osteoporosis may need to be included, given its prevalence (via NIH). At a minimum, individual people need to be concerned about developing osteoporosis to ensure they are doing everything they can to prevent it.