Friday, May 15, 2009

Supersized USA

Population: 293,027,571
Percent of population overweight, male/female: 72/70%

Percent of population obese, male/female: 32/38%

Percent of population over the age of 20 with diabetes: 8.8%

Percent of dieting men/women on any given day: 25/45%
Percent of all dieters who will regain their lost weight within 1-5 years: 95%
Caloric intake available daily per person: 3,774 calories
Annual alcohol consumption per person (alcohol content only): 9.6 quarts (~9 liters)
Cigarette consumption per person per year: 2,255

Sugar and sweetener available per person per year: 158 lbs

Soft drink consumption per person per year: 54.8 gallons (~207 liters)

Meat consumption per person per year: 275 lbs

McDonald's restaurants: 13,491

Liposuction surgeries per year: 400,000

Gastric bypass surgeries per year: 150,000

Percent paid by taxpayers for obesity-related medical costs: 50%
Annual spending on dieting and diet-related products: $40 billion

Taken directly from Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel


Jme said...


Gina said...

Wow, I am disgusted. Crazy how much we have available to us, why can't it be the good things that we have too much of?? Such as, fruits and vegetables. Wouldn't it be nice if fruits and veggies were as cheap and plentiful as sugar!!??