It is estimated that investing $10 per person, per year, in proven community-based programs aimed at increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and preventing smoking and other tobacco use, could save the country more than $16 billion annually within 5 years – a return of $5.60 for every $1 invested.
Obesity Rates in Rensselaer County and the United States
- Approximately two thirds of US adults and one-fifth of US children are obese.
- The percentage of children with obesity has more than tripled since 1970.
- Percentage of obese adults in New York State more than doubled from 10% in 1977 to 25% in 2015.
Obesity and Chronic Disease
- Obesity is linked to many chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, asthma, sleep apnea, and mental health problems.
- Excessive weight gain of 11-18 pounds can double the risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
- Excessive weight gain of 10-20 pounds increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 25% in women, and 60% in men.
The Economics of Obesity
- In New York State, obesity costs almost $9 billion annually in direct expenditures for treatment of obesity-related disease, as well as indirect costs such as lost productivity.
Measuring Overweight and Obesity