A study by Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania predicts that most adults in the U.S. will be overweight or obese by 2030, raising related health care spending to as much as $956.9 billion. This study was published in 2008, projecting 86% of adults to be obese by 2030. As of 2010, 44.2% of males in the U.S. were obese and 48.3 of females in the U.S. were obese according to the World Health Organization (WHO). We will surpass the projection of the study if the number of obese adults continues to grow as rapidly as it has in recent years.
How do you know if you are obese?
- a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight
- a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is obesity.
(Calculate your BMI here)
Facts About Obesity*:
- Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
- In 2008, 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
- 65% of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
- Nearly 43 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010.
- At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
- 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden, and 7%-41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
- Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths.
- Obesity is preventable.
* found at http://www.who.org
One of the best places to get facts on worldwide obesity is from the World Health Organization. I love their interactive map, however unnerving it might be. Here are some facts I pulled from the WHO Map: In 2010, males in the U.S. were 80.5% overweight, and 44.2% obese (followed by Brazil at 37.4%, everywhere else in the world was below 35%); Females in the U.S. in 2010 were 76.7% overweight, and 48.3% obese. These numbers are expected to continue to increase.
What do I do first if I am overweight or obese?
Your first step is to acknowledge that you are overweight/obese, and to be proud that you are accepting responsibility and making the choice to do something about it! Beyond that, follow this blog (enter your email on the right under “Keep Up with Us Via Email”). Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on simple, attainable steps to dropping your weight and improving your overall health!
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