Informative: Not So Fun Facts About Obesity

Some Not So Fun Facts About Obesity:

  1. Today, the most commonly purchased fountain drink is 1 liter, which has 30 teaspoons full of sugar.
  2. It is now statistically normal to be overweight.
  3. Obesity costs the Unites States somewhere between $100 and $200 BILLION annually
  4. For 7 million years, we have been fighting starvation. In the last hundred years we obese factssucceeded in killing more people from too much than too little food.
  5. Worldwide, 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
  6. A child who is obese at age 11 has a 70% chance of being an obese adult.
  7. The average child spends more time per year watching television than attending school.
  8. One in three children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes.
  9. Childhood obesity is strongly correlated with increased rates of premature death.
  10. Children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years.

Here’s another great one: we are the first generation not expected to live longer than our parents.  Anybody have a guess as to why that might be?

25 thoughts on “Informative: Not So Fun Facts About Obesity

  1. the policies like increasing physical activity time in schools and making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable can help make healthier choices easier. Small changes can add up to a big difference. Policy changes can help make healthier choices easier for Americans in their daily lives

  2. stop the American way to eat, to change this.. one would have to close all fast food places. burger king.. mcdonalds..wendys..ect..ect..b¬ut that will never happen. oh and keep drinking gallons of soda pop.. just eat less and excercise more thats the secret. walking or jogging is a good start

  3. The resultant toll in dollar’s cost and lives list is a call for action. Obesity is difficult to reverse and public health measures must include effective prevention beginning in childhood as well as treatment.

  4. The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries

  5. these numbers are continuing to rise. Children have fewer weight-related health and medical problems than adults. However, overweight children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem

  6. the reason why fat people are allow to be fatter is because society is afraid of hurting their feelings! fat people are fat cuz they don’t eat right and don’t workout enough…everything else are just excuses !

  7. When encouraging your teen to adopt a healthy lifestyle, bribes are no longer effective like they were when they were younger. Teens must now understand the social and health consequences of being obese

  8. A child’s total diet and activity level play an important role in determining a child’s weight. Today, many children spend a lot time being inactive. For example, the average child spends approximately four hours each day watching television. As computers and video games become increasingly popular, the number of hours of inactivity may increase

  9. In addition to suffering from poor physical health, overweight and obese children can often be targets of early social discrimination. The psychological stress of social stigmatization can cause low self-esteem which, in turn, can hinder academic and social functioning, and persist into adulthood. While research is still being conducted, there have been some studies showing that obese children are not learning as well as those who are not obese. Further, physical fitness has been shown to be associated with higher achievement

  10. Parent support is also critical. Healthy food choices and regular physical activity should be promoted as a lifestyle, not a diet. Experts encouraged parents to sit down with their kids for meals and involve kids in food shopping and preparation. And because parents are role models for children, they need to be conscious of their own eating and activity patterns.

  11. Schools need to do their part to ensure that children are making healthy choices. On top of offering healthy choices in the cafeteria, schools also need to pay attention to snacks and class parties

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