December 6, 2008

Obesity Statistics

- In 1962, research statistics showed that the percentage of obesity in America’s population was at 13%. By the year 2000 the percent of obese Americans had reached an unprecedented 31%.
- In the United States, 400,000 Americans (mostly men) fall into a super-massive 400+ pound category.
- Childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades.
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General report obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year.
- More than 50% of American adults do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. 25% of adults are not active at all in their leisure time.
- A weight gain of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight.
- Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer including endometrial (cancer of the lining of the uterus), colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and postmenopausal breast cancer.