Statistics on obesity
Did you know that worldwide more people died from obesity than from being underweight. Fewer people are dying from starvation—we are killing ourselves from overeating.
This week I am looking at the damage fast foods and proceeded foods have had on our health—here is some sobering statistics on obesity.
* Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
* In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 600 million were obese.
* 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese.
* 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013.
* In 2013, 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. In developing countries with emerging economies
Obesity is preventable.
In the USA today:
* Today 2/3 of adults and nearly 1/3 of children struggle with overweight and obesity
* Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today there are 41 states with obesity rates over 25 percent
* 72% of older men and 67% of older women are now overweight or obese
* Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases—obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are all preventable
* Annual medical costs of obesity are as high as $147 Billion. On average, obese people have medical costs that are $1429 more than medical costs of normal weight people.