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 ObesityIt 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 America78% 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
Culture of Weight-Loss ProductsWeight-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 HealthyHigher 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/SexThe 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 StatisticsThe 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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