Facts about Obesity in the United States of America


Obesity rates in U.S.A. are soaring.Let us look at some of the statistics.

  • Between the years 1980-2000, adult obesity rates almost doubled. Now almost 30% of the adult population, i.e. around 60 million adults, is obese.
  • Similarly, child obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and tripled in case of teenage obesity.
  • 63% of Americans are overweight with a BMI of over 25.0
  • 31% are obese with a BMI of over 30.0
  • Obesity is responsible for 300,000 deaths every year.

Watch the video below to get an idea of the demographics in the United States of America as far as obesity is concerned.

Obesity is increasing greatly in the United States. 3.8 million people have weight over 300 pounds or are morbidly obese.

According to WHO, in the year 2005, about 1.6 billion adults worldwide were overweight and 400 million adults were obese. By the year 2015, it is estimated that about 2.3 billion adults worldwide would be overweight and 700 million would be obese.

Facts about Obesity

Facts about obesity-related adverse impacts on young population:

  • Earlier it was believed that only adults are affected by Type 2 Diabetes but now it is being diagnosed amongst obese young people.
  • Earlier the presence of Type2 Diabetes in children was rare, but now almost half the diabetic children are of Type 2. Obese children suffering from Type 2 diabetes suffer from various related conditions like amputations, kidney problems and blindness.
  • 61% of 5-10 year old children have at least one heart disease causing factor and about 26% have more than two heart disease causing factors.

Facts about the healthy behaviors in the American population:

The primary obesity causing factors are preventable and well-known in the society – unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Many Americans ignore this, and here is what the research studies have to say about it:

  • Only 25% of the adults and less than 25% of the teenagers include the suggested 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruits in their daily meal.
  • 50% or more of the American adults do not perform the suggested amount of physical activities.
  • More than 1/3 of the young Americans do not engage themselves in regular vigorous physical activities.

Facts about obesity-related costs:

  • Straight health costs attributed to obesity had been estimated to be $52 billion in the year 1995 and $75 billion in the year 2003.
  • Over the past 2 decades the hospital costs of obese children and teenagers have raised triple times. During the year 1997-1999, the hospital costs were approximately raised to $127 million compared to $35 million in the year 1979-1981.
  • In the year 1996, approximately $31 billion was spent on the treatment for cardiovascular disease among the adults i.e. almost 17% of the medical costs was spent on obesity.

Latest Top 10 Facts about Obesity in the United States (2009):

  • In 23 states, adult obesity is in the rise. No single state reported of a decline in the rate in the past one year.
  • In 30 states, the rate of childhood obesity is above 30 percent.
  • In 31 states, adult obesity rate is higher than 25 percent and 49 states the rate is higher than 20 percent.
  • Obese adults constitute a high percentage in the southern part of America with 8 of the 10 states affected.
  • Top four states and their obesity percentage are Mississippi (44.4 percent), Alabama (31.2 percent), West Virginia (31.1 percent) and Tennessee (30.2 percent).
  • Highest number of obese and overweight children between the age group of 10-17 years are in Mississippi.
  • The rate of childhood obesity has tripled since 1980.
  • Out of the 50 states, 16 have reported a rise in the obesity rate for the second time.
  • 11 states reported rise in obesity for third time in a row.
  • Colorado state has the lowest number of Obese adults at 18.9 percent.

What Are the Main Causes of Obesity in America Today?

Read, find out what the real issues are and try to fight them in order to stay healthy and fit:

  • Desk Job: This is a country where there is no running about for any job. Any one and everyone have a private means of transport. So they, have almost no physical exertion through out the whole day.
  • Fast Food Joints: The huge number of fast food joints even in the smallest of states makes available fatty food whenever we want. How many of these joints actually serve a healthy diet? And even if they do, what do we choose for ourselves.
  • Highly Processed Food: All the grocery shops sell highly processed and ready to eat foods which are loaded with preservatives, sodium and very high calories.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: Watching television for long hours, playing video games or being hooked to the computer is a very important cause of obesity in all Americans specially the kids.
  • Easy Availability of High Calorie Food: All the food available easily is fatty in nature. The quintessential cheeseburger alone could be worth one’s two days worth of calories.
  • Genetic: Another cause is genetics especially, in case of morbid obesity. The tendency to gain weight, which is inherited when combined with absence of diet monitoring and no exercise leads to obesity. They are also more susceptible to get heart disease and diabetes.
  • Stress: Work related stress and home related pressure can also lead to depression, which can cause a person to overeat. This makes them decline their physical activity and thereby increase the fat stores in the body.

What can one do about it?

  • Choose a diet that is right for you. Your diet should not be a drudgery; instead it should be a joyful process of self-discovery and mastery over food addiction. This strengthens one’s will-power to a great extent because each successful day represents a triumph, and each triumph gives you more strength and resolve to persevere.
  • Keep a tab on your calorie intake. Controlling your calorie consumption is a great way of attacking the root cause. You can do this by expending calories through exercise and physical activity.
  • Decreasing the amount of calories you eat.
  • Attacking weight loss by eating less and exercising more and creating a calorie deficit.

Take care of yourself. The only thing over which you have control and can ever change is you, yourself. Take responsibility for every action of yours and do yourself a favor by helping yourself reduce that extra fat.