Obesity: Did You Know?

  • Obese individuals have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of death from all causes, compared with normal-weight individuals. Most of the increased risk is due to cardiovascular causes.
  • Obesity can shorten your life by 9 years. 18 million days of work are lost through sickness due to obesity, and it costs the English NHS £500 million a year.
  • An estimated 70 percent of diabetes risk in the U.S. can be attributed to excess weight.
  • The prevalence of hypertension in adults who are obese is 41.9 percent for men and 37.8 percent for women.
  • Men waist sizes are set to increase to 40 inches by 2020. The current size is 38 inches, but many men refuse to accept their waistline – 50% squeeze into trousers that are a size too small for them.
  • 25% of people will be obese by 2010. It is estimated that obesity will cost the English economy over £3.5 billion a year in time off work due to illness.
  • Eating an extra 135 calories could result in you gaining a stone over a year. This is approximately equivalent to a bag of crisps a day.
  • Calorie consumption has fallen in England by 25% since its peak in the 1970s. The level of obesity has increased, probably because individuals are far less active.