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  Obesity Statistics

Statistics On Obesity

Overview

  • 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
  • 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

Overweight adults
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight (BMI > 25, which includes those who are obese).

All adults (20+ years old): 129.6 million (64.5 percent)

Women (20+ years old): 64.5 million (61.9 percent)

Men (20+ years old): 65.1 million (67.2 percent)

Obese adults
Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are obese (BMI > 30).

All adults (20+ years old): 61.3 million (30.5 percent)

Women (20+ years old): 34.7 million (33.4 percent)

Men (20+ years old): 26.6 million (27.5 percent)

Healthy weight adults
Less than half of U.S. adults have a healthy weight (BMI > 18.5 to < 25).

All adults (20-74 years old): 67.3 million (33.5 percent)

Women (20-74 years old): 36.7 million (35.3 percent)

Men (20-74 years old): 30.6 million (31.8 percent)

Prevalence of overweight and obesity in minorities
The age-adjusted prevalence of combined overweight and obesity (BMI > 25) in racial/ethnic minorities-especially minority women-is generally higher than in whites in the United States .

Non-Hispanic Black women: 77.3%

Mexican American women: 71.9%

Non-Hispanic White women: 57.3%

Non-Hispanic Black men: 60.7%

Mexican American men: 74.7%

Non-Hispanic White men: 67.4%

(Statistics are for populations 20+ years old)

Studies using this definition of overweight and obesity provide ethnicity-specific data only for these three racial-ethnic groups. Studies using definitions of overweight and obesity from NHANES II have reported a high prevalence of overweight and obesity among Hispanics and American Indians. The prevalence of overweight (BMI > 25) and obesity (BMI > 30) in Asian Americans is lower than in the population as a whole.[1]

Statistics on Obesity related diseases

Cost of Overweight and Obesity
Total cost: $122.9 billion , Direct cost: $64.1 billion,* Indirect cost: $58.8 billion (comparable to the economic costs of cigarette smoking)

Cost of Heart Disease Related to Overweight and Obesity
Direct cost: $8.8 billion (17 percent of the total direct cost of heart disease, independent of stroke)

Cost of type 2 diabetes related to overweight and obesity
Total cost: $98 billion (in 2001)

Cost of osteoarthritis related to overweight and obesity
Total cost: $21.2 billion, Direct cost: $5.3 billion, Indirect cost: $15.9 billion

Cost of hypertension (high blood pressure) related to overweight and obesity
Direct cost: $4.1 billion (17 percent of the total cost of hypertension)

Cost of gallbladder disease related to overweight and obesity
Total cost: $3.4 billion, Direct cost: $3.2 billion, Indirect cost: $187 million

Cost of cancer related to overweight and obesity
Breast cancer: Total cost: $2.9 billion, Direct cost: $1.1 billion, Indirect cost: $1.8 billion

Endometrial cancer
Total cost: $933 million, Direct cost: $310 million, Indirect cost: $623 million

Colon cancer
Total cost: $3.5 billion, Direct cost: $1.3 billion, Indirect cost: $2.2 billion

Cost of lost productivity related to obesity
The cost of lost productivity related to obesity (BMI > 30) among Americans ages 17-64 is $3.9 billion. This value considers the following annual numbers (for 1994):

Workdays lost related to obesity: 39.3 million

Physician office visits related to obesity: 62.7 million

Restricted activity days related to obesity: 239.0 million

Bed-days related to obesity: 89.5 million

Source: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

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