Are we eating ourselves to death?

As a nation, America is one of the wealthiest in the world. Does our greed and money have us eating ourselves to death?

Adult Obesity

  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
  • The South has the highest obesity prevalence (29.4%) followed by the Midwest (28.7%), Northeast (24.9%) and the West (24.1%).
  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
  • Between 1988–1994 and 2007–2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels

Childhood Obesity

  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
  • There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents. In 2007—2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.
  • 1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese.

Source: CDC

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Are we eating ourselves to death?

  1. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the stats.

  2. curvyelviesays

    Yes, and enjoying every minute of it I’m afraid. It’s so hard to not eat unhealthy. But, I know for me I need to take get a hold of this for my health. Thank you for the stats.

  3. Very informative, and a bit scary.

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