Monday, June 23, 2008

Fat Facts

* The cost of treating obesity-related health problems in the U.S. each year is $75 billion; $14 billion of that goes to treating overweight kids.

* 30% of gall bladder surgery is related to obesity.

* Because of continuing weight gain, people are burning nearly 1 billion more gallons of gas each year than they did in 1960.

* Children who are overweight or obese are 7 times more likely than their slimmer peers to have multiple heart disease risk factors by age 15.

* Overweight or obese post-menopausal women have, a greater risk of developing kidney cancer.

* People who are 40 or older and who carry excess fat in their abdominal area are 89% more likely to have dementia later in life than those with a low amount of fat around their midesection - even if both groups are at a normal weight.


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