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10 Weight Loss Statistics That May Astonish You

July 20, 2021

The number of overweight and obese people in America continues to increase.

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

Surprising Weight Loss Statistics

1. The U.S. adult obesity rate stands at 42.4%, the first time the national rate has passed the 40% mark, and further evidence of the country's obesity crisis.

2. Almost 1 in 5 adults (18.8% of men and 19.3% of women) are obese.

3. 32.5% of American adults are overweight.

4. For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity is 19.3% and affected about 14.4 million children and adolescents.

5. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data show that among adults ages 20 and older, 42.4% were identified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.

6. The weight loss market is big business. Americans spend about $71 billion on weight loss programs and products annually.

Food Consumption Statistics

7. Over the last three decades, chicken overtook beef and pork to become the most commonly consumed meat product in the U.S.

8. In 2020, the most consumed type of meat in the United States was broiler chicken, at about 96.4 pounds per capita. This figure is expected to increase to around 101.1 pounds per capita by 2030.

9. Calorie intake is also an issue. The recommended amount is 2,000 calories a day for adults. But the average American consumes more than 3,600 calories daily – a 24% increase from 1961 when the average was just 2,880 calories.

10. The average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year.

Take Charge of Your Weight Loss

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

Exercising more and consuming fewer calories is a great start. You could even see drastic changes. However, experienced dieters know that the process is much more difficult. Unfortunately, many people jump into dieting without knowing the real weight loss information.

Fortunately, the Ohio Medical Group has an expert in weight management on staff. Dr. Viktoriya Katsnelson helps many people maintain their weight, even after gastric bypass or bariatric surgery.

Dr Katsnelson-How To Start a Weight Management Program

If you’d like to talk to one of our doctors about ways you can lose weight, let us know. Research shows that weight loss maintenance may get easier over time. This is especially true if you successfully maintain your weight loss for 2 to 5 years because the chance of longer-term success greatly increases.

You don’t need a run-of-the-mill diet program to lose weight. If you’re experiencing an increased weight gain or aren’t happy with your current body weight, avoid becoming part of the public health crisis that is obesity.

You can start by checking out our “Guide To The Dietary Guidelines.” The new recommendations are out and we’ve pulled out the most vital information you need to know and included it in our guide.  

U.S. Dietary Guidelines