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U.S. Obesity Graphs Paint An Unflattering Picture

05/23/11

  04:09:36 pm, by MedBen5   , 244 words,  
Categories: Wellness

U.S. Obesity Graphs Paint An Unflattering Picture

The Cost of Obesity

In an eye-opening sets of charts and graphs, NPR shows the state of obesity in America – its growth over the past two decades, its costs, and how our eating habits have changed in the last half-century. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so we encourage you to visit “Obesity In America, By The Numbers” and see for yourself – but we’ll throw up a few stats from the page here to whet your interest:

  • In 1990, no state had an obesity rate higher than 24%. In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or greater, and only one state (Colorado) had a rate lower than 19%. Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S., at 34.4%, followed by Louisiana and Tennessee.
  • As the adjacent chart shows, obesity has a significant economic impact on an individual – in medical costs, disability costs, productivity, and even fuel for cars. Obese men experience average annual losses of $2,644, while women lose $4,879 per year – mainly due to salary and wages losses that don’t similarly affect men.
  • An average serving of movie popcorn in 1950 was three cups and contained 174 calories. In 2004, it was 21 cups (buttered) and a whopping 1,700 calories.
  • Annual milk consumption has decreased 38% since the 1950s – but annual cheese consumption has jumped 287% during the same period.
  • From the 1950 to 2000, America’s sugar consumption increased by 39%. While individuals are advised not to consume more than 10 teaspoons of sugars daily, we actually consume double that on average.

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