Health Statistics: Nourishment

  • People are getting fatter.  Percent increase in caloric in-take in the U.S. between 1970 and 2010: 25%
  • Fraction of Americans are overweight or obese:
    • Overweight: about 2/3 (69%)
    • Obese: about 1/3 (35%) or ~ 1/2 the # of overweight people
  • Fraction of people worldwide are overweight or obese:
    • Overweight: about 2/5 (39%)
    • Obese: about 1/8 (13%) or ~ 1/3 the # of overweight people
  • Insufficient fruit and vegetable intake: Top 10 contributor to death (2.7 million worldwide)
  • Recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables (source: Dietary Guildelines for Americans):
    • Fruits: 4 servings
    • Vegetables: 5 servings
    • But only 6% to 8% of Americans consume this amount
  • Daily sugar intake:
    • Recommended: 6-9 teaspoons
    • Typical intake: 22 teaspoons
  • Food allergies prevalence:
    • Adults: 4%
    • Children: 8%
  • Food allergies: Hospital visits each year:
    • Emergency room visits: 30,000
    • Hospitalizations: 2,000
    • Deaths: 150
  • Food-borne illnesses: Hospital visits each year:
    • Illnesses: 48 million
    • Hospitalizations: 128,000
    • Deaths: 3,000
  • Every year, over $1 billion is spent advertising unhealthy foods to children.

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