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Obesity in the United States, Facts and Statistics (October 2011)

Take-Home Notes on Obesity in the United States:

  • 74.1% of people are overweight
  • 30% of those are obese
  • Colorado is the Thinnest State
  • Mississippi is the Fattest States

Cost of Obesity

It will cost approximately $550,000 for an obese 18 year old to remain obese throughout adulthood.
Recent estimates show 49 million Americans make food decisions based on cost.

Exercise in America

78% of American's are not meeting basic activity level recommendations

Risks of Being Obese

  • 80% of type II diabetes related to obesity
  • 70% of Cardiovascular disease related to obesity
  • 42% breast and colon cancer diagnosed among obese individuals
  • 30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity
  • 26% of obese people having high blood pressure Obesity Related Disease Costs Overwhelm HealthCare System
Obesity in America is becoming a serious concern for many health professionals. The epidemic has increased in recent decades as many health professionals try to find a solution.

Culture of Weight-Loss Products

Weight-loss miracles, pills, diets, ab-crunchers, workout videos, miracle teas, and countless others fill the radio, television and internet channels - all promoising their buyers that they will lose weight. But as most of us know, they won't work as well as something as simple as exercise. Americans spend $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services.

The Cost of Eating Healthy

Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low-income women. In today's society, eating healthy is more expensive than eating whatever's available at McDonald's or Taco Bell. Fast Food $1 Menus is often the only food available for poor income families on the run. The researchers reported that eating more potassium, the most expensive of the four nutrients, can add $380 to the average person's yearly food costs.

Obesity and Race/Sex

The group that has the highest incidences of obesity are Non-Hispanics, Mexican-Americans, All Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites (respectively, 44.1%, 39.3%, 37.9%, 32.6%). Among women, however, there is a trend—those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women. Education and Obesity is negatively correlated with Women. For Men there was no significant relationship between obesity and education levels.

Obesity at the State Level

Childhood Obesity Statistics

The scariest part of the obesity epidemic is the impact on our youth. Children are increasingly becoming obese and staying obese into adulthood. Childhood Obesity Tripled in the last 30 Years:
  • In 1980 obesity occurred in 6.5% of children aged 6 to 11
  • In 2008 obesity occurred in 19.6% of children aged 6 to 11
  • In 1980 obesity occurred in 5% of young adults aged 12 to 19
  • In 2008 obesity occurred in 18.1% of young adults aged 12 to 19
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