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Statistics Of American Obesity
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I am writing this as a strictly educational post on the statistics of obesity in America. Although these facts will not in and of themselves help people to lose weight if that is something they desire, they will I hope give a perspective and understanding of just how huge the problem is in America. So here are a few statistics:

Between 16 and 33 percent of all children are obese in the United States. During the last 30 years, childhood obesity is shown to have doubled in children in the preschool age group (around 2 to 5 years of age) and in the junior high and high school age group (ages 12-19). An even farther extreme, for the group of children roughly 6 to 11 years of age, the obesity rate has tripled. On the whole, the obesity rate for the age group of children 2 to 19 is roughly 17 percent.

Furthurmore, about one third (roughly 33 percent) of all adults in the United States are obese. If people are obese as children, then they are much, much more likely to be obese as adults. Healthy People 2010, a health preceden for the United States that comes out every ten years, wants to get the adult obesity rate down to 15 percent. However, no state thus far has met that precedent. 

Minorites are shown to have the highest obesity rates, with Mexican Americans and African Americans having a roughly 5 percent higher percentage in adult obesity and a 12 percent higher rate than American whites, who stand at a 33 percent obesity rate.

With all the leisure and down time that accompanies a society that is made every more convenient with technology comes the responsibility to use that time well and in intelligent, healthy ways. These statistics explicity shows that we as Americans have NOT been using our time well. Wee need to reawaken ourselves to this issue and to fitness. The efforts of Healthy People 2010 are extremely admirable and necessary, but it does not seem that there is a single state that has met is on its way meeting the goals. It is necessary that individuals, both in and of themselves and among groups take the initiative to help strive for a better, more healthy America. Obesity costs money and lowers producivity, and it is extremely detrimental to our health, causing thousands of dollars in money for medical care and thousands of deaths each year. We must come together and work to make a better country for ourselves and our community. 


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