Obesity effects more than a third of all Americans. That’s 78.6 million people.
The annual medical costs for obesity in the United States is $147 million annually (in 2008 dollars), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The groups with the highest rate of obesity are non-Hispanic blacks (47.8%), Hispanics (42.5%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
The CDC estimates that “about 112,000 deaths are associated with obesity each year.”
In 2014, no state had an obesity rate below 20%. In Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia, 35% or more of the population is obese.
2005-2011 – The USDA introduces the dietary system: MyPyramid Food Guidance System. A more simplified version of the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid, it recommends portion control and physical exercise as part of a healthy life style to combat obesity.
December 2011 – The Fifth Circuit Court rules that “severe obesity qualifies as a disability” under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).