5 disturbing facts about America’s obesity epidemic
SOURCE: The Institute of Medicine: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, Solving the Weight of the Nation (2012)
- 1 out of 3 adults in United States is obese.
- Childhood obesity rate has tripled over the past 30 years, jumping from 5% to 17%. This disturbing trend has serious implications for the long-term health care costs in the United States since obesity causes serious chronic health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.
- Ethnic minorities and individuals who are low-income, less-educated, or live in rural areas are more likely to become obese.
- Obesity-related illnesses account for nearly 21% of the medical spending in the United States. The yearly obesity-related health care costs soared to $190.2 billion in 2005. The high rate of obesity is also driving up Medicare and Medicaid spending to an unsustainable level.
- America’s weight problem is primarily due to poor lifestyle choices, such as consuming too much high-calorie beverages and food and not enough physical activities and exercise.
- The Institute of Medicine: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, Solving the Weight of the Nation 2012 (PDF)