FAT FACTS

  • 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.


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