The nation’s obesity epidemic does far more harm than simply making riding subways a pain and going to ballgames uncomfortable. There’s a huge price tag on it, too.
Reuters give us the rundown this morning.
•About two-thirds of adults over age 20 in the United States are considered overweight or obese. 30-two per cent are obese, according to the U.S. centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
•In 2007, only one state, Colorado, had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 per cent. 30 states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25 per cent; Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30 per cent.
•The direct and indirect costs of being overweight or obese is $117 billion per year, according the a 2000 report by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General.
•Once considered a problem only in high-income countries, obesity is rising in low and middle income countries, particularly in urban areas.