“The largest public health crisis in the United States is being addressed with a quality of evidence that we would consider grossly inadequate in any other field of medicine.”
Kevin Schulman, M.D., Director of the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics, Duke University

BY THE NUMBERS

MORTALITY

Diseases associated with obesity and diabetes are currently responsible for the deaths of 2 out of 3 Americans.

DIABETES: NEARLY 5-FOLD INCREASE

Diabetes rates are rapidly climbing. In 1973 there were 4.2 million Americans with diabetes. By 2010 21.1 million Americans had been diagnosed with diabetes.

1973 – 4.2 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes – 2%
2010 – 21.1 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes – 8%
= 1 MILLION

childhood obesity prevalence

The prevalence of obesity in children has risen dramatically over the past four decades. As a result, some researchers are now suggesting that this younger generation of Americans may be the first in history with a life expectancy shorter than their parents.

1971-1974 6-19 years old

Girls = 1.46 million

Boys = 1.5 million

2011-2012 6-19 years old

Girls = 5.8 million

Boys = 5.4 million

= 100,000

= 100,000

OBESITY: 200% INCREASE

Since the 1970s, rates of obesity have climbed steadily and, with that, the social and economic costs — a burden that affects virtually every household in the nation. The prevalence of obesity in adults has increased by over 200%.

1971-1974
30%(31 Million People)
1976-1980
40%
1988-1994
60%
1999-2000
80%
2005-2006
90%
2009-2012
100%(111 Million People)
15%

1971 31 MILLION PEOPLE

Prevalence of obesity in the United States

35%

2012 111 MILLION PEOPLE

Prevalence of obesity in the United States

ECONOMIC COSTS

The economic costs of diseases associated with obesity and diabetes in the United States are almost $400 BILLION annually.

44

$ BILLION

Stroke

99

$ BILLION

Heart Disease

109

$ BILLION

Alzheimer’s Disease

125

$ BILLION

Cancer