Obesity Stats and Facts

Adult Obesity is a serious and rising health epidemic in the US. You are not alone in this fight. Nearly 70% of adults in the US are either overweight or obese. In fact, 42% of women over the age of 60 can be classified as obese. Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above face a 50% increase in the risk of death related to obesity.

Childhood Obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The statistics are alarming as 1 in 3 children and adolescents in the US are overweight or meet the criteria for obesity. Increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and other conditions associated with obesity. Multiple aspects of the child’s lifestyle, including nutrition and exercise patterns must be addressed, and involving the whole family is a critical element to a successful weight management program for the child.

Risks Associated with Obesity

• High Blood Pressure

• High Cholesterol

• Diabetes

• Heart Disease

• Stroke

• Gallbladder Disease

• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

• Osteoarthritis

• Sleep Apnea

• Back Problems

• Depression

• Some Cancers

• Liver Disease

• Female Infertility

Individual Determinants of Obesity

• Nutrition

• Exercise

• Cognition

• Addiction

• Endocrinology and Metabolism

• Sleep and Stress

• Age

• Genetics

• Parenting and Education

• Environment