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Weight and Weight Loss Statistics that May Astonish You

July 20, 2012

Despite spending billions of dollars on weight loss programs and products every year, Americans are gaining weight more rapidly than ever before. Excessive weight or obesity can be a contributing factor to serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Here are some surprising facts and statistics that can help you understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight:

  • healthy diet weightloss factsAbout 64% of all adults in the US are overweight or obese.
  • Approximately 15% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight, which is three times the rate recorded in 1980.
  • Nearly one out of three American adults aged 20 or above has a body mass index of at least 30, which is the limit for obesity.  In 1994, only 23% of Americans were obese.
  • Americans spend about $35 billion on weight loss programs and products annually, and $79 billion more on the treatment of obesity-related health problems.
  • Today, Americans consume an average of 200 pounds of grain products every year, which is 45% more than the average amount consumed in 1970.
  • Consumption of meat among Americans has increased by approximately 13 pounds per person since the 1970s.
  • Compared to 20 years ago, Americans are consuming about 300 more calories every day.

If you do not want to be another statistic, you have to make an effort to follow a healthy diet and exercise program.

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