Some weight-related stats to consider:

  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of US adults are considered overweight and nearly one-third (31%) are obese.
  • It is estimated that at any one time about 45% of women and 25% of men are trying to lose weight, but only one fifth are using the recommended combination of fewer calories and increased exercise.
  •  Poor diets and inactivity rose by 33% in the past decade.
  •  In 2000, the leading cause of death was tobacco, but poor diet and inactivity may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death. For example, 435,000 died from tobacco, 350,000 died from diet/inactivity, 43,000 died in motor vehicle crashes, 29,000 died from firearms, and 17,000 died from using illicit drugs.
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