past 20 years, there has been a dramatic
increase in obesity in the United States and
rates remain high. In 2010, no state had a
prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25% or
more; 12 of these states (Alabama, Arkansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi,
Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) had a
prevalence of 30% or more.
interesting to see how
people view themselves:
average man feels like he is
12 pounds heavier than he
thinks he should be
the average woman feels like
she is 19 pounds heavier
than she thinks she should
More facts from the CDC:
include heart disease,
stroke, type 2 diabetes and
certain types of cancer,
some of the leading causes
Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of
children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are
In 2008, medical costs associated with
obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the
medical costs paid by third-party payors for
people who are obese were $1,429 higher than
those of normal weight.
Since 1980, obesity prevalence among
children and adolescents has almost tripled.