25 Facts About Obesity You Should Know

Posted by , Updated on November 11, 2022

Obesity around the world is a serious problem. It’s not just about looking good or fitting into your favorite pair of jeans. It really is 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.


Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that may impair health and could lead to death, disability, and a lower quality of life.

Obeseman2Source: Easo.org

Fundamentally, obesity is caused by an imbalance of calories consumed and calories expended. Globally there has been an increase in the amount of energy-dense foods that are high in fat and a decrease in physical activity due to sedentary lifestyles.

Obesityburger2Source: Easo.org

Globally, 925 million people suffer from hunger. 2.2 billion people are overweight or obese.

fast foodSource: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, CNBC.com

Both obesity and hunger lead to malnourishment. People on both sides of the spectrum suffer from micronutrient malnutrition including vitamin A, iron, or iodine deficiency.

berriesSource: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Most obesity is concentrated in the developed world. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans is obese.

developed worldSource: theatlantic.com

People who eat out for breakfast and dinner more than double their risk of becoming obese.

restaurantSource: discovermagazine.com

Being overweight reduces a woman's chance of becoming pregnant. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is the reason why the fastest growing group of infertile women is under the age of 25.

babySource: National Institutes of Health

According to the 2017 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, the U.S. was the most obese nation in the world. The obesity rate for Americans aged 15 and over stood at 38.2% with Mexico coming in second with an obesity rate of 32.4%. However, a recent study is showing that Egypt has the highest number of obese adults at 35%.

Americanburger2Source: OECD.org

Most obesity in the US is concentrated in the poorer southern states like Mississippi and Alabama.

us obesitySource: stateofobesity.org

The United States as a whole is overweight by a collective 4 billion pounds.

scaleSource: express.co.uk

People that lose just 10% of their bodyweight can drastically improve their sex life.

Exhaustedman2Source: discovermagazine.com

Liposuction doesn't remove fat from around your organs. It only removes the superficial fat. Unfortunately, it is the visceral fat that poses the most health risk. Of course, liposuction may give you the boost you need in order to start dieting and exercising.

organsSource: discovermagazine.com

Obesity and being overweight is the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.

Fat_man_Sleeping_2Source: Easo.org

Although mothers tend to receive all the attention, a father's diet has been found to have an equal effect upon the future child's health. Dad's who eat out a lot or are overweight tend to be malnourished because they don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. This in turn affects the child's development.

fatherSource: sciencedaily.com

Lack of sleep is a huge contributor to obesity. Why? Apart from messing up your body's natural cycles and hormones, the longer you are awake the more you mindlessly snack, especially at night.

catSource: bbc.com

Although juice is often seen as a healthy drink, your body is designed to run on water and nothing else. By only drinking water you can cut out a massive number of calories in your diet. Besides, most juices are just sugar. If you want fruit, eat fruit. Also, if you're not an athlete, Gatorade will only contribute to weight gain.

juiceSource: latimes.com

Half of everything you eat should be fruits and vegetables. The other half should be split between protein and carbs.

fruitsSource: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

As they say, “Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”. By front-loading your day with calories, your metabolism will get a jumpstart and you'll actually use those calories. Most people skip breakfast, eat fast food for lunch, and eat out for dinner. This is the opposite of what your body is designed for.


The average American eats 25 pounds of candy each year

candySource: washingtonpost.com

To burn off a Big Mac with a coke and fries you would have to walk for 7 hours non-stop

burgerSource: huffingtonpost.com

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.

parisSource: bbc.com

Being obese makes you nearly 80% more likely to die if you get in a car crash.

car crashSource: abcnews.go.com

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 YorkSource: bbc.com

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.

passportSource: foxnews.com

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.

cokeSource: cbsnews.com

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