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AMERICA'S OBESITY EPIDEMIC 

  • Today, two thirds of adults and nearly one in three children struggle with overweight and obesity.
  • In 2008, 32 states in America had obesity rates of 25 percent or more, according to the CDC.
  • The rate of childhood obesity more than doubled from 1980 to 2000; 30 states have child obesity rates of 30 percent or more.

OBESITY'S IMPACT ON AMERICA'S HEALTH

  • Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, obese adults are at increased risk for all cancers.
  • Obesity contributes to two-thirds of all heart disease, according to the CDC.
  • 66 percent of American adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis are overweight or obese.
  • Over 75 percent of hypertension cases are directly related to obesity.
  • More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF OBESITY

  • The annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. are as high as $168 billion, and nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be attributed on obesity, according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Obesity was responsible for 39 million lost work days and 63 million physician visits, according to statistics from the National Business Group on Health.

OBESITY'S IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES OF NEED

  •  Blacks, Hispanics and Native people are much more likely to be obese than whites, according to CDC data.
  •  Low-income neighborhoods are more affected by obesity than affluent areas, reflecting a range of policy and cultural influences.

OBESITY AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

  • 52 percent of adults do not meet minimum physical activity recommendations.
  • Only 35.8 percent of high school students are physically active for an hour or more every day.

OBESITY AND NUTRITION

  • Only 12 percent of adults and two percent of children eat a healthy diet consistent with federal nutrition recommendations.
  • According to the USDA, healthier diets could prevent at least $71 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity and lost lives.

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