Each year 300,000 people die from obesity-related diseases.
Obesity could soon overtake smoking as the leading killer of Americans.
According to the American Heart and Stroke Foundation, women’s rate of heart disease is now equal to men’s and more women are dying of heart attacks than men.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that if 10 percent of adults began a regular walking program, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved.
According to the CDC, a 10 percent weight loss will reduce an overweight person’s lifetime medical costs by $2,200 to $5,300.
African Americans and Obesity
According to the American Obesity Association, African American women have the highest prevalence of obesity at 50.8 percent.
The American Obesity Association says that among women, the black population has the highest prevalence of overweight (78 percent) and obesity (50.8 percent).
African Americans consume less than half the amount of vegetables than Caucasians.
African Americans are at higher risk for hypertension than any other race or ethnic group. It tends to be more common, it happens at an earlier age, and it is more severe for many African Americans.
More than 2.7 million African Americans over age 20 have diabetes, a condition that can be related to obesity. One-third of them do not even know it.
Nutrition and Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blames poor eating habits and physical inactivity for childhood obesity.
The CDC found that Americans eat 200 more calories a day than they did 10 years ago. Over a year, those calories add up to 20 pounds.
According to the CDC, unhealthy diet plays an important role in many chronic diseases and conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, gallbladder disease and arthritis.
Children and Obesity
Obesity rates have doubled among children and tripled among teenagers since 1980.
Only 25 percent of adults and 20 percent of children eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
According to American Demographics, three in four overweight children will become overweight adults and will suffer from obesity-related diseases at earlier ages than previous generations.
The National Institute of Public Health in Copenhagen, Denmark, says that U.S. teenagers are more likely than those in other countries to consume fast food, snacks and sodas, and are more likely to be driven to school and other activities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Harvard University found that nearly one in three U.S. kids eats fast food every day. That leads to an extra six pounds of weight gain per year.
Children’s Hospital Boston says that billions of dollars are spent each year on fast-food advertising directed at kids.