By Alex Sherman
- Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.
- Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese.
- Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
- For children with disabilities, obesity rates are approximately 38% higher than for children without disabilities.
- It gets worse for the adult population where obesity rates for adults with disabilities are approximately 57% higher than for adults without disabilities.
- Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being
- Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
- Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- The annual cost of being overweight is $524 for women and $432 for men; annual costs for being obese are even higher: $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men.