Obesity Facts

Top 25 Obesity Facts

Obesity facts have become an important topic for both American adults and children over the past few years.  It is one of the easiest conditions to visually recognize however, it is also one of the most difficult ones to treat.  Every year in America, lack of exercise and poor diet contributes to an estimated 300,000 deaths.  Below are the top 25 unfortunate obesity facts about this disease.

  1. In the United States obesity affects 55 percent of individuals that are over 20 years of age.
  1. Obesity rate varies from state to state, reflective of age, economic factors and lifestyle.
  1. This disease has a very strong genetic component suggesting that it could partially be hereditary, however it is still treatable.
  1. Type 2 diabetes is now being diagnosed in young people due to obesity when previously this was an adult disease.
  1. Overweight children with type 2 diabetes are at risk for blindness, kidney disease and amputation.
  1. Only 25 percent of adults in the United States consume the recommended five servings of vegetables and fruits per day.
  1. One of the more disturbing facts is that nearly 35 percent of adolescents and children in the United States are obese.
  1. If a child is obese before the age of 13 there is an 80 percent increased chance that they will be an obese adult.
  1. A child has a 50 percent chance that they will be obese if 1 parent is overweight and an 80 percent chance if both are.
  1. Obesity increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cataracts, gallbladder disease, macular degeneration, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, asthma, infertility, pregnancy complications, Parkinson's disease and death.
  1. Under 20 percent of adolescents and children consume five daily servings of vegetables and fruit.


  1. One of the more unfortunate obesity facts is that almost half of high school students do not engage in any type of physical activity.
  1. Causes of obesity can include overeating, binging, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, family history, medical illnesses, medications, stress, family problems, depression and low self-esteem.
  1. Obesity in children and adolescents is associated with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and suicide.
  1. Over half of adults in the United States do not participate in an exercise program to receive healthy benefits.
  1. Obesity costs society $100 billion per year.
  1. To manage obesity you should begin a weight-management program, change your eating habits, plan your meals ahead of time, measure out and control your portions and increase your physical activity.
  1. To prevent obesity in your children you should eat meals at the table not in front of the television, know what your child is eating at school, never use food as a reward and provide only healthy snacks throughout the day.
  1. One of the most frustrating obesity facts is that in many people it is a life long illness because once a goal weight is achieved, the individual usually goes back to their unhealthy habits.
  1. Psychiatrists are often very helpful with childhood obesity cases.
  1. Over 60 percent of all obese children that are under 10 years old have one or two risks for heart disease already.
  1. The United States is the most obese country in the world.
  1. In the next decade, it is predicted that 80 percent of heart disease related deaths will be in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.
  1. Obesity rates in female African-Americans are growing faster than any other demographic group across the country.
  1. Half of all hypertension cases are due to obesity.