Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death and is underestimated by public globally. In latest research (Forbes – December 2015), the people of countries around the world were asked: Out of every 100 people how many do you think are overweight or obese? Findings show that in most countries the public is underestimating the extent of obesity. India, Japan and China were the only exceptions as they overestimated the obesity rate in their countries.
Obesity is one of the most serious health issues affecting the United States today.
Not only does obesity limit agility and fundamental human abilities, it often leads to other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers, and even death. Due to the amount of people affected by this disease, obesity is an epidemic not just in the United States, but the world.
Combining these studies reveals patterns strung among the data while introducing helpful information for initiating weight loss. Stay in tuned below the infographic to see more about the various obesity treatment options.
Obesity Statistics Over the Years
Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States: “In 2011-2012, 8.1% of infants and toddlers had a high weight for recumbent length, 16.9% of 2 to 19-year-old, and 34.9% of adults (age-adjusted) aged 20 years or older were obese.”
Obesity Rates by Age Group: “This 2014 study shows the states with the highest obesity rates for multiple age groups. For adults aged 18-25 and 45-64, Arkansas holds the lead with 23.9% and 41.9%, respectively. Mississippi has a 41.5% obesity rate for adults aged 26-44, and Ohio has a 33.4% obesity rate for seniors.”
Adult Obesity in the United States: “Obesity rates for children and teenagers ages 10 to 17 ranged from a low of 9.9% in Oregon to a high of 21.7% in Mississippi according to the most recent state-by-state level data from the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH).”
Study of Children Ages 10 to 17: “According to the most recent data, rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia, and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30%, 45 states are above 25%, and every state is above 20%.”
Food Insecurity, Food Deserts and Healthy Weight: “More than 14% of U.S. households (17.4 million) are “food insecure” — defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as having their access to adequate diet and nutrition limited due to cost, proximity and other resources.”
Physical Inactivity in the United States: “Being physically inactive is responsible for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults. 80% of American adults do not meet the government’s physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits.”
Diabetes in the United States: “Diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past twenty years — from 5.5% in 1988 to 1994 to 9.3% in 2005 to 2010. More than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and another 86 million have prediabetes. West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.1%.”
Hypertension in the United States: “One in three adults has high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke. Approximately 30% of cases of hypertension may be attributable to obesity, and the figure may be as high as 60% in men under age 45.”
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity: “Rates of overweight and obesity have increased across the United States among people of all ethnic and racial groups, all ages, and both genders… Among U.S. adults, Black and Latino’s populations have substantially higher rates of obesity than do White communities. This is true among both [genders].”
Obesity and Socioeconomic Status in Adults: United States: This 2008 study shows increased obesity rates among medium-income (between 130% and 350% of the poverty level) adults (36.8%), as opposed to high-income (above 350% of the poverty line) (31.0%) and low-income (below 130% of the poverty line) (35.6%) adults.
State obesity rates could skyrocket by 2030: “Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the United States. Currently, estimates of these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.”
Obesity in South Africa
South Africa has been said to be the fattest sub-Saharan nation in studies over the past years since 2011. It has been claimed that 70% of women in South Africa are overweight with 42% being obese. The number of men who are overweight to obese falls shorter at 40%. Of the total population, it was found that 61% are overweight or obese.
The 2013 Obesity Numbers
Below are 2013 statistics for the United States, Canada and the World:
- 520,000,000 Obese Worldwide (2012)
- 92,000,000 Americans (2013)
- 84,388,000 India (2012)
- 67,200,000 China (2011)
- 26,880,000 Mexicans (2013)
- 14,260,000 United Kingdom (2013)
- 10,449,000 Germany (2013)
- 6,192,000 Spain (2013)
- 4,908,000 Australia (2013)
- 4,600,000 Canada (2011)
- 4,089,000 Japan (2013)
- 2,474,000 Greece (2013)
- 1,592,000 South Korea (2013)
- 1,361,000 Portugal (2013)
- 1,251,000 Solvakia (2013)
- 920,000 New Zealand (2013)
- 689,000 Finland (2013)
- 608,000 Switzerland (2013)
- 582,000 Ireland (2013)
Overweight: The Numbers
- 1,573,000,000 – Worldwide (2012)
- 154,700,0000 – USA (2013)
- 5,600,000 – Canadians (2011)
United States Obesity Statistics:
- 66% over 20 are overweight
- 33% over 20 are obese
- $145,645,000 Spent on Weight-Loss (Jan. 1st to May 6th 2013)
- $240,000,000 Spent on Healthcare Stemming from Obesity
Obesity Statistics of 2015
Another striking finding of this research is the Saudi Arabia’s rate of overweight/obesity at 71%. As a matter of fact, Saudi’s obesity has become one of the country’s major concerns. Once leading the way in obesity rates, in both absolute and relative terms, United States (as of 2015) is no longer the fattest country in the world and is positioned second with 66% rate. This could be due to recent year efforts in combating obesity in the U.S., especially a decline in obesity rates among children. Canada is at 10th position as of 2015 with 56% obesity rate. Of the leading 22 industrialized countries, the U.S. still has one of the highest obesity statistics. Here are the top countries with overweight/obesity rate as of 2015:
- Saudi Arabia 71%
- The United States 66%
- Turkey 65%
- Australia 62%
- Great Britain 62%
- Spain 58%
- Germany 57%
- Russia 57%
- Brazil 56%
- Canada 56%
- Italy 50%
- France 49%
- China 28%
- Japan 23%
- India 20%
Men vs. Women & Socioeconomic
In the United States, there are more men (74%) who are overweight or obese than women (64%). Equal percentages of men (36%) and women (36%) have obesity. Extreme obesity among women (8%) are double of the men (4%). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 2007 says 26.4% of men and 24.8% of women were obese.
Obesity, in general, is similar among men at all income levels. Non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men with higher income are more likely to be obese. Women with higher income are less likely to be obese than low-income women.
There is no significant correlation between obesity prevalence and education among men. However, among women, those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated ones.
Chronic diseases caused by obesity is on the rise. The American Heart Association (AHA), predicts that by 2030 total medical care costs could reach $861 to $957 billion. A Recent study shows much steeper growth of some chronic diseases than the population growth. The annual medical costs associated with obesity in the United States range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year. Moreover, each obese worker costs its employer approximately $500 per year.
Obesity the Global Epidemic
Obesity has severe long-term economic and social costs with implications on a personal health, including cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart attacks, and more. Body image is tied to our sense-of-self and self-image. A positive self-image is essential to confidence, success and a sense of worthiness.
- joint problems
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- gallbladder problems
- breathing difficulties
- coronary artery disease
Weight loss surgery has been clinically shown to help individuals lose necessary weight to ensure a healthy body. Although, bariatric surgeries vary in method and results, most individuals can expect to rid themselves of obesity within one to two years. One of the benefits of weight loss surgery is the reduction or total remission in type 2 diabetes roughly 85% of people with diabetes are type 2 and of these, 90% are obese or overweight.
How to Rid Yourself of Obesity
There are many treatment options to obesity, including lifestyle changes, diet, prescriptions, and weight loss surgery. Although, more drastic options, including, weight loss surgery can have an immediate impact. All the treatment options are interrelated. All options will typically include dietary changes and more physical activities.
Weekly Physical Activity: Typically individuals who are overweight or obese need to get a culmination of at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity to prevent weight gain. Those who are looking to lose specifically more than a modest amount of weight, should work their way up to an aggregate of 300 minutes.
Small Steps Matter: Sometimes you just can’t visit the gym, that’s okay because every day we’re faced with choices. Whether to climb the stairs or take the escalator. Whether to walk to the corner market or get your care. Whether to order in, or cook something healthy delicious. You get the picture, but every small step matter.
Every extra body movement or healthy food choice helps to make your body more adaptable and, therefore, more fit.
Behavior Changes: Behavior can be a huge factor in creating unwanted extra pounds. Those late-night fast food runs are only increasing your waistline.
Support Groups: Support groups can help you stave off emotional eating. Today there are numerous groups and forums, which can assist you with your emotional issues.
Prescription weight-loss medication may help you increase weight-loss, along with dieting and regular exercise. Those hoping for a miracle pill, are quickly awaken to the realities of weight-loss medication. Weight-loss medication isn’t a miracle pill and does require a lot of patience and support.
Medication is typically for those with BMIs over 30, and those with BMIs over 27 along with comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. The downsides of medication include the possibilities that the effects may decrease over time, along with the fact that weight may reappear after you’ve stopped taking the drug.
Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery is an option for individuals who have failed with typical diet and exercise. There are several weight loss surgeries, but they tend to fall into two categories: restrictive and malabsorptive. Like weight-loss medication, weight loss surgery will only work if individuals are dedicated to new diets and physical activities, as well, as the new behavior changes needed.
Most Common Weight Loss Procedures:
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Gastric Sleeve, otherwise called sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss procedure that restricts your stomach’s capacity by permanently removing up to 80% of it.
- Gastric Bypass Surgery: Gastric Bypass Surgery, otherwise called RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery, is a procedure with both malabsorptive and restrictive components.
- Duodenal Switch: Duodenal Switch is a procedure that removes a large part of the stomach, similar to the gastric sleeve, and adds a malabsorptive component. Duodenal Switch (DS) is a surgery that provides considerable weight loss.
Tips on Losing Weight
- Get enough sleep.
- Sleep Deprivation is directly correlated with obesity. Getting enough sleep will help normalize the production of Growth Hormone, which helps promote normalize fat mass.
- Eat Healthier:
- Eat more lean protein
- Eat more Fiber
- Avoid Unnecessary Sugar (Sugary Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages, Snacks)
- Be more Physically Active
- Try to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity, every week. To make more significant gains of weight loss, you may need more than 300 minutes of physical activity every week.
Reducing Childhood Obesity
Imagine giving a child a burger… but before you provide them with the burger, you preface this by saying it’s ‘Good For You,’ or, in other words, healthy. Watch, as his the child’s expression slowly distorts towards grimace. Give a child a burger that is, ‘Delicious,’ and it’s assumed it’s fatty or unhealthy. But, the main thing is that it tastes good.
Children can be swapped with most adults in this scenario. The fact is most obesity can be attributed to an incremental theory, which says that all those extra calories, say an average of 200 calories a day, contribute to your waistline. Saving yourself from ingesting 100 calories per day, can lead to big changes. Every bit helps.
Labeling foods healthy or not, regardless of how they taste the wrong answer. Giving people what they want is the answer. Delicious Food. A child doesn’t need to know how healthy things are. Their minds should be more consumed with other worldly endeavors, like learning.
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Morbid obesity exists when excess weight is associated with undesirable implications for general health and when:
- a person weighs at least twice his or her ideal weight
- a person weighs at least 100 lbs. (45 kilos) More than his or her ideal weight. The above statements provide only a general description of morbid. The exact degree of excess weight is determined using the Body Mass Index (BMI), which employs both weight and height to calculate the measurement.
An individual with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight and with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.