Obesity Facts and Statistics!

Obesity Facts and Statistics!
  • Obesity Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat.
  • Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.
  • Three decades ago, the obesity rate for adults was 15%. Today, the rate has more than doubled to 35%.
  • At the same time, calories consumed by adults have gone from 1,996 to 2,234 a day.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These are some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States.
  • Obesity-related job absenteeism costs $4.3 billion annually and obese people spend 42 percent more on healthcare costs than healthy weight people.
  • African Americans have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), Caucasians (32.6%), and Asians (10.8%).
  • There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, there is a trend—those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.
  • Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low-income women.
  • The United States is the 8th fattest country in the world with 31.8% of the population being overweight.
  • The top 3 fattest countries are Egypt with 33.6%, Saudi Arabia with 35.2%, and Kuwait with 42.8%.
  • The fattest states in Unites States are Delaware with 34.3% of its population being obese, West Virginia with 34.4%, and Mississippi with 35.4%.
  • While obesity is a major health and economic issue, recent studies have shown that childhood obesity among 2 to 5 year olds has gone down from 14% in 2004 to 8.4% in 2012.