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  • Obesity-related costs in the US add up to nearly $100 billion annually in costs for weight-loss treatment and the treatment of many serious health problems caused or worsened by obesity, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

  • Americans spend an estimated $33 billion each year on reduced-fat foods, diet aids and weight-loss programs.

  • Each year, an estimated 300,000 US adults die of causes attributable to obesity.

  • Type II diabetes is nearly 3-4 times more prevalent in overweight adults than in lean adults.

  • The number of deaths from cardiovascular disease is 50 percent higher in obese people (and 90 percent higher in the severely obese) than in the non-obese.

  • Men who are more than 20 percent overweight have a 20-30 percent increase in death from prostate cancer.

  • A recent study in Diabetes Care noted that for every kilogram of increase in measured weight, the risk of diabetes increased by 4.5 percent.

  • A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that the women in the study who were non-smokers, not overweight, ate properly and exercised had an 83 percent less chance of developing coronary heart disease than those who did not adhere to a low-risk lifestyle.

  • The heaviest adults are 80 percent more likely to have asthma than the thinnest ones.

  • A weight loss of five to 10 percent in excess body weight, followed by maintenance of that loss, can reduce risk factors and provide health benefits.

Created: 3/30/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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