Here are 16 things about Obesity you probably didn’t know before.
1. Due to the increasing size of children in the USA there are bigger car seats being made. Over ¼ of a million are overweight to use the existing models.
2. Despite so many people being overweight, when asked 50% of the 4,000 people surveyed by The Rudd Centre for Food Policy said they would rather die a year early than be overweight.
3. The Rudd survey also found that 4% would prefer to be blind or lose a limb.
4. There has been a noticeable rise in the average weight of Americans and between 1991 and 2000 the increase was 8.5lb.
5. The Federal Aviation Administration showed in 2004 that the average weight of an American male rose to 184lbs from 170lbs.
6. At least one man has lost his wife as a result of his weight. Now bedridden and weighing more than 1200 lbs. the wife of Manuel Uribe was so scared of his continued weight gain that she left him.
7. Airlines are also having to compensate passengers who are affected by obese people sitting next to them. Virgin Atlantic paid $24,100 to Barbara Hewson as she ended up in bed for a month, due to a sciatica, torn muscles and a blood clot.
8. Sex lives are believed to be improved with a weight loss of just 10% and that applies to women as well as men, according to Duke University Medical Center.
9. After tobacco, the second biggest cause of deaths that could be prevented is ‘death from obesity’.
10. Even formally fit people are not free from obesity. It is estimated that when it comes to vets receiving health benefits, 20% have diabetes and 70% are overweight. The figures are provided by Department of Veteran Affairs.
11. Obesity will not be helped by the “Monster Thickburger” from Hardee’s as it has over 1400 calories and is made from 2/3rds of a lb. of beef, bacon, cheese and mayonnaise.
12. In Mississippi, 25% of the residents are obese. Being home to catfish, fried shrimp, fried pecans, mud pie and sweet potato that is hardly surprising news.
13. If you are losing out on sleep, it could be due to carrying extra weight.
14. In a strange twist of fate, not being able to sleep may in fact lead to a weight increase and if it lasts long enough, obesity.
15. If all the morbidly obese USA residents lived in one State it would be the 12th largest in the country.
16. Obesity is a big problem for New York City as 21% of students were found to be obese in 2003. This was regardless of their economic background.