Obesity Facts

How much is too much?

Overweight and obesity are defined as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health". Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used index to classify overweight and obesity in adults. If your BMI is equal to or more than 25 you are considered overweight, and obese if your BMI is equal to or more than 30.

Childhood Obesity & Risks

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. Overweight children are likely to become obese adults. They are more likely than non-overweight children to develop diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability.

Impact on Workforce

Full-time workers in the U.S. who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared with healthy workers-- resulting in an estimated cost of more than $153 billion in lost productivity annually, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll. (2).

Relationship to Disease

Obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases (1). Over 75 percent of hypertension cases are directly linked to obesity (2).

Americans' Increased Consuption

In total, Americans now consume 31 percent more calories today than they did 40 years ago (3).

Breakdown by Gender

72% of older men and 67% of older women are now overweight or obese(4).

1. Campaign to End Obesity: Dr. Lee Kaplan at Preventing and Treating Obesity in the Primary Care Setting 2013 Workshop  2. Trust for America's Health: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013: Fast Facts  3. Let's Move: Learn the Facts  4. The Vast Majority of Baby Boomers Are Overweight or Obese