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Obesity Statistics


Obesity Statistics: USA


America's Five Fastest Growing Health Concerns

Aging Related Problems
*Obesity rates 27% in 1991.

USA Obesity Rates Reach Epidemic Proportions

58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
Eight out of 10 over 25's Overweight
78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations
25% completely Sedentary
76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990

Obesity Related Diseases

80% of type II diabetes related to obesity
70% of Cardiovascular disease related to obesity
42% breast and colon cancer diagnosed among obese individuals
30% of gall bladder surgery related to obesity
26% of obese people having high blood pressure


Obesity Related Disease Costs Overwhelm HealthCare System

Type II Diabetes ($63.14 Billion)
Osteoporosis ($17.2 Billion)
Hypertension ($3.23 Billion)
Heart Disease ($6.99 Billion)
Post-menopausal breast cancer ($2.32 Billion)
Colon Cancer ($2.78 Billion)
Endometrial Cancer ($790 Million)

Cost of Lost Productivity

Workdays lost: $39.3 Million
Physician office visits: $62.7 Million
Restricted Activity days: $29.9 Million
Bed-Related days: $89.5 Million

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control

4% overweight 1982 | 16% overweight 1994
25% of all white children overweight 2001
33% African American and Hispanic children overweight 2001
Hospital costs associated with childhood obesity rising from $35 Million (1979) to $127 Million (1999)

Childhood Obesity Running Out of Control

New study suggests one in four overweight children is already showing early signs of type II diabetes (impaired glucose intolerance)
60% already have one risk factor for heart disese

Surge in Childhood Diabetes

Between 8% - 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
Whereas 4% of Childhood diabetes was type II in 1990, that number has risen to approximately 20%
Depending on the age group (Type II most frequent 10-19 group) and the racial/ethnic mix of group stated
Of Children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese


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References: National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and website.


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