Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Obesity Statistics

Currently more than 1 billion adults are overweight worldwide and at least 300 million of them are clinically obese.  Obesity is a disease that affects 34 percent of adults age 20 and over in the United States, which amounts to more than 72 million people. About 33.3 percent of American men and about 35.3 percent of American women are obese.

Childhood obesity is already epidemic in some areas and on the rise in others. An estimated 22 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide. According to the US Surgeon General, in the USA the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has tripled since 1980. 

Obesity Rates by State:
1.Mississippi (33.8%)
2.Alabama (31.6%) and Tennessee (31.6%)
4.West Virginia (31.3%)
5.Louisiana (31.2%)
6.Oklahoma (30.6%)
7.Kentucky (30.5%)
8.Arkansas (30.1%)
9.South Carolina (29.9%)
10.Michigan (29.4%) and North Carolina (29.4%)
12.Missouri (29.3%)
13.Ohio (29.0%) and Texas (29.0%)
15.South Dakota (28.5%)
16.Kansas (28.2%)
17.Georgia (28.1%) Indiana (28.1%) and Pennsylvania (28.1%)
20.Delaware (27.9%)
21.North Dakota (27.7%)
22.Iowa (27.6%)
23.Nebraska (27.3%)
24.Alaska (26.9%) and Wisconsin (26.9%)
26.Illinois (26.6%) and Maryland (26.6%)
28.Washington (26.3%)
29.Arizona (25.8%) and Maine (25.8%)
31.Nevada (25.6%)
32.Minnesota (25.5%) New Mexico (25.5%) and Virginia (25.5%)
35.New Hampshire (25.4%)
36.Florida (25.1%) Idaho (25.1%) and New York (25.1%)
39.Oregon (25.0%) and Wyoming (25.0%)
41.California (24.4%)
42.New Jersey (23.9%)
43.Montana (23.5%)
44.Utah (23.2%)
45.Rhode Island (22.9%)
46.Vermont (22.8%)
47.Hawaii (22.6%)
48.Massachusetts (21.7%)
49.District of Columbia (21.5%)
50.Connecticut (21.4%)
51.Colorado (19.1%)

I live in North Carolina so my state ranks in the top ten of the fattest states with almost 30% of the population being overweight. 

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  1. Sad, isn't it? And I live in the MOST obese state. :( Sure hope those numbers turn around soon.

  2. Yea I think there really should be more help offered for people who are trying to lose weight because it leads to so many health problems and its not like we aren't trying to lose weight and be healthy it just isn't easy to do.