Interesting Facts About Obesity in America

It is no secret that obesity is on the rise in America. Young and old alike are facing this crisis. Lifestyles have altered dramatically and people are not interested in cooking wholesome meals when they can hop right over to McDonalds and get a meal for under two dollars. Unfortunately, the unhealthy foods are the cheapest. Children are stuck in front of the television eating fat laden foods like chips and drinking sodas. In addition, today children are less likely to be outdoors exercising they become fat. Obesity traits can run in families as well. An obese child will, in many cases, have obese parents. Food has become a way in America for people to calm their fears about the future about the country and their personal lives.

Here are Interesting facts about obesity in America:

. Nearly 72.5 million US adults are obese. Obesity is one of the leading causes of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Obese people are accomplishing something the current administration cannot: creating jobs in the healthcare industry by eating themselves into oblivion.

. District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Colorado have the least amount of obesity rates. The lowest obesity rates are in the West and Northeast, the highest are in the South and Midwest.

. America has the most obese people in the world; in addition, the US is the largest Big Mac devourer in the world as well.

. The US government has decided that prior efforts and investment to nip obesity in the bud have not been satisfactory. They have instigated new initiatives such as the Let’s Move campaign. This could lead to forced photos on Big Mac wrappers of obese people; the same as cigarette companies must display shocking photos of the effects of cigarette smoking.

. Treatment for obesity is expensive. The yearly cost runs up to $147 Billion. Typically, obese people medical expenditures are $1429 higher than normal weight individuals.

. Most migrants that come to America endure elevated levels of obesity compared to relatives from their native countries. For example, fat Chinese are not common but in the United States you can certainly spot quite a few.

. People without a high school diploma have higher obesity levels than high school graduates and College graduates have a lower obesity rates than both.

. Obesity estimates of the official CDC report are less than the factual rates due to the fact that the BMI, body mass index, is measured by height and weight. Most people, men and women, are not truthful about their height and therefore official obesity figures are not accurate.

. The general obesity rate multiplies for older adults up to 60 years of age. The obesity numbers of 18-29 years is 20.3%, and 50-59 years is 31.1%. Between 60-69 years of age the obesity rate decreases to 30.9%. Those who live past 69 years sustain obesity rates at 20.5%.

. Dissimilar to popular belief, the obesity rates has decreased in a few states. Obesity rates in Oregon and Alaska declined over three-percent. Georgia, DC, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, and New Jersey were able to lessen their obesity-rates as well.