Obesity statistics is increasing day by day and is a matter of grave concern to society. Childhood obesity rates are going out of control as shown by the following facts:
- 4% overweight in 1982/ 16% overweight in 1994
- 25% of all white children overweight in 2001
- Hospital cots associated with childhood obesity has increased from $35mn in 1979 to $127mn in 1999.
USA obesity rates have also increased significantly as shown below:
- 58mn overweight ; 40mn obese; 3mn morbidly obese
- 78% of Americans do not confirm to basic activity requirements
- 8 out of 10 over the age of 25 years are overweight
- 25% completely sedentary
Since the mid-seventies, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children. Data from two NHANES surveys show that among adults aged 20–74 years the prevalence of obesity increased from 15.0% (in the 1976–1980 survey) to 32.9% (in the 2003–2004 survey).
Data from two NHANES surveys (1976–1980 and 2003–2004) show that the prevalence of overweight is increasing: for children aged 2–5 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 13.9%; for those aged 6–11 years, prevalence increased from 6.5% to 18.8%; and for those aged 12–19 years, prevalence increased from 5.0% to 17.4%.
One of the national health objectives for 2010 is to reduce the prevalence of overweight from the NHANES III baseline of 11 percent. However, the NHANES 2003-2004 overweight estimates suggest that since 1994, overweight in youths has not leveled off or decreased, and is increasing to even higher levels. The 2003-2004 findings for children and adolescents suggest that there might exist another generation of overweight adults who may be at risk for overweight and obesity related health conditions in the future.
The above statistics related to obesity underline the need for an active lifestyle and incorporation of healthy eating habits.