20 Scary Statistics: Obesity

8 Sep

20 Scary Statistics: Obesity

  1. Over 67% of US adults are overweight, and 33% are obese
  2. This means that only 33% of US adults are at a healthy weight
  3. Obesity is higher in black and Mexican populations, especially for females.  79% of blacks, and 73% of Hispanics, are overweight or obese
  4. More than 30% of children in the US are overweight
  5. Women who are obese when they conceive are 10 times more likely to develop high blood pressure.  Their babies are more likely to be born with spina bifida and heart defects
  6. Women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant are more likely to develop gestational diabetes
  7. Babies born in the US in 2009 had a 1 in 4 chance of being obese by the age of 4
  8. Obese children have a 70% chance of being overweight at age 25
  9. Only 25% of high school students do even moderate activity (30 minutes x 5 days a week)
  10. 80%-90% of newly diagnosed diabetics have Type II, and over 80% are overweight or obese
  11. 1 in 3 people born in 2000 will develop Type II diabetes as an adult
  12. 41 million Americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes
  13. For adults, a weight gain of 11-18 pounds doubles risk of Type II diabetes
  14. Obese men are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as a man of a healthy weight
  15. As many as 80% of cancers have a nutritional link, meaning that they can be avoided or treated to some extent through diet (or; said another way, that diet has contributed to their development)
  16. Gallbladder, pancreatic and ovarian cancers are linked to obesity
  17. Obesity and lack of physical activity count towards 30% of colon, breast, kidney and throat cancer
  18. Women who gain 20 pounds since the age of 18 double their risk of developing post-menopausal breast cancer
  19. 42% of Americans eat less than 2 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  20. 42% of children aged between 2 and 11 drink at least 1 sugar-sweetened soda daily

One Response to “20 Scary Statistics: Obesity”

  1. Gary King September 8, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    Those are really very scary statistics. It’s a health time bomb!

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