Obesity around the world is a serious problem. It’s not just about looking good or fitting into your favorite pair of jeans, it’s a matter of life and death. It’s estimated that at least 2.8 million adults die each year due to obesity! Sadly, that number does not seem to be coming down. Why are so many people struggling with obesity? What’s contributing to this alarming epidemic? Find out in today’s list! These are 25 facts about obesity you should know.
Although the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK have historically had higher obesity rates, if you're European you shouldn't be laughing. Continental Europe is catching up. In fact, most of the world is catching up.
Being obese makes you nearly 80% more likely to die if you get in a car crash.
Poor people in the United States have a higher rate of obesity than wealthy people. Also, rural people tend to be more overweight than urbanites. Not surprisingly, urbanites also tend to be wealthier and live in walkable neighborhoods. In poor countries, however, rich people tend to be overweight.
New Zealand has been known to reject visas when people are obese. The reason is that their healthcare system cannot afford to cover the high health costs associated with obesity. The system is already taxed because over half of Kiwi adults are overweight.
Researchers at the University of Texas found that after 10 years, people who drink soda saw their waste lines expand over 70% more than non-soda-drinkers. As we said....only drink water.
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