Obesity is a disease caused due to excess and disproportionate fat distribution in the body. It leads to a lot of health problems and diseases. In fact, being overweight or obese puts you at risk of Diabetes, Heart attack, Stroke, and Cancer to name a few.
Unfortunately, Obesity is rising at an alarming rate in the United States. Let’s have a look at the data and numbers to get a clearer picture.
- More than 30% population (in every state) is obese.
The CDC (Centres for Disease Control & Prevention) 2017 reports say that all the 50 states have an obesity rate of over 30%, with the Midwest (34.1%) and South (34.1%) having the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the West (29.3%), and the Northeast (28.0%). Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity (22.3%).
- Obesity affects over two-thirds of adults in the United States.
In the United States, 32.5 percent of adults in the United States are overweight and Obesity affects 36.5 percent of individuals. These numbers are rising alarmingly, having tripled since 1975. Ethnicity may impact your risk for obesity. Almost half (48.4%) non-Hispanic African Americans are obese, followed by Hispanics with 42.6%, non-Hispanic Whites with 36.4%, and non-Hispanic Asians with 12.6%.
3. 1 in every 6 children in the United States is obese.
- Overweight kids are more likely to be overweight as adults.
Children who are obese are five times more likely to be obese as adults than children of normal weight. This increases their risk for many diseases and has many health complications both in childhood and as adults.
- Obesity is most common in women and in middle-aged Adults.
Over 40.4% of American women are obese versus only 35% of American men. Adults in the age range of 40 through 59 are most likely to have obesity with a percentage of more than 40%. On the other hand, only one-third of adults aged 60 and over have obesity, and another one-third (32.3 percent) of adults aged 20 to 39 are obese.
- Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases.
If you are overweight or have obesity, you are at elevated risk for over 50 diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and infertility among many others.
- Obesity causes more deaths than being underweight.
Worldwide, obesity is one of the leading causes of death. It causes more than 2.8 million deaths each year. The other common causes are high blood pressure, tobacco use, high blood glucose, and physical inactivity.
- Obesity is expensive.
Obesity costs Americans 147 billion dollars every year. In fact, the medical costs for obesity-related diseases are $1,429 higher each year than those of people with a normal weight.
- Americans are consuming more calories than ever before.
When you eat more calories than you burn, your body stores the extra energy as fat. As a result, over time the weight begins to pile on. Americans consume 23 % more calories than we did in 1970, and this has led to a rise in obesity.
- Obesity shortens your lifespan.
Obesity is associated with a two to three times higher chance of dying early by developing serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and breathing disorders, than any other disease in the world.
The good news is obesity is preventable.