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:
- About 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.