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The Weight of the Nation

Confronting America's obesity epidemic
  • Fact
    Food obtained outside the home tends to be higher in calories and fat than food prepared at home.
    One study showed that obese people are 83% more likely to develop kidney disease compared to normal-weight people.
    The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week for adults.
    About 46% of adults' added sugar intake comes from sugary drinks.
    The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2008.
    The obese workforce costs American business an estimated $73.1 billion per year.
    Half of obese teenage girls become extremely obese by their early 30s.
    The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008.
    The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children.
    Currently in the United States, 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily physical education or its equivalent.
    79 million Americans have prediabetes.
    One in four adults gets no leisure-time moderate or vigorous physical activity at all.
    In the United States in 2010, over 63% of people are overweight or obese.
    Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugar in the diets of children and adolescents.
    90% of parents with obese children do not seek medical help.
    Children consume more than 7.5 hours of media a day, 7 days a week.
    According to Nielsen data, comparing 2008 to 2010, preschool children were exposed to 50% more TV ads for energy drinks in 2010.
    In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American's diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.
    40% of every dollar spent on food is spent on food prepared outside the home.
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