Keeping tabs on obesity

About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.[1]

The medical costs of obesity were as high as $147 billion in 2008, up from $116 billion in 2007.[2]

50 percent of Americans say they have tried five or more diets in their lifetime.[3]

Obesity is the #2 cause of preventable death in the United States[4]

60 million Americans, 20 years and older are obese[5]

9 million children and teens ages 6-19 are overweight [6]

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of health conditions and diseases including: Breast
cancer, Coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, Sleep apnea, Gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, Colon cancer, Hypertension and Stroke.[7]

78% of American’s not meeting basic activity level recommendations.[8]

25% of all white children overweight.[9]

33% of all African American and Hispanic children overweight. [10]

Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35
Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)[11]

The annual direct costs of childhood obesity in the US are estimated at about $14.3 billion.19,20

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 23 million Americans live in food deserts, which it defines as low-income communities with limited access to supermarkets or large grocery stores[12]

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