- Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults
are overweight, which costs the health-care system
about $80 billion a year.
- Last year, 33 states claimed that
about a quarter of their populations were obese.
- The fattest states (at least 25 percent
of the population is obese) are Alabama, Arkansas,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee,
Texas, and West Virginia.
- The thinnest states (less than 19
percent of the population is obese) are Colorado,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island,
Utah, and Vermont.
- Houston is America's fattest city.
- On average, obese individuals live
about half as long as their normal-sized counterparts.
- Less than one-third of adults exercise.
- Despite the Atkins craze, consumption
of carbs in the U.S. has increased by 28 percent in
the past two decades.
- Over the past 20 years,the average
weight of the American man has ballooned from 168
to nearly 180 pounds.