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The Cost of Obesity in the USA in 2014 Keeps Rising

Inactivity Collage 2The Tremendous Impact of the Inactivity Pandemic and Obesity

Inactivity and obesity are huge issues for our country. Childhood inactivity was recently voted the #1 concern of parents. Obesity was viewed as the #1 health concern for Americans.

The obesity and sedentary crisis is draining America's economic resources. This epidemic is adversely impacting far too many families in our country.  Please look at the "Cost of Obesity" counter above. There are other costs and consequences caused by the inactivity pandemic you will see below. We must get these issue under control.


Inactivity & Obesity Crisis

The Lancet - "Inactivity is a Pandemic"


In July of 2012, The Lancet, a leading expert on global health, has called physical inactivity “a pandemic with far-reaching health, economic, environmental and social consequences”. 

It was then we dug into activity trends in America and around the world and realized this Pandemic was not only real but getting worse. Below is research from the Physical Activity Council which shows how this issue is impacting more and more Americans, especially our children.

9 Facts Concerning The Inactivity Pandemic  

The inactivity pandemic is a major issue in the USA and around the world. It is hurting individual's health, our healthcare system and even our children's education and academic results. Here are 9 facts about the inactivity pandemic:4 Photos Sidebar
  1. 82.7 million Americans are total sedentary* - This is up from 70 million in 2007 – A 17.5% increase
  2. There are 10 million totally sedentary* children in America and 33 million children who are not active to healthy standards - Look at the disturbing sedentary trends for children below
  3. Research clearly shows an inactive child does not perform as well academically as a more active child
  4. The Inactivity Pandemic is projected to get worse - Check out the charts in the right column
  5. Inactivity is responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity - ScienceDaily
  6. Inactive adults pay $1500 more per year in healthcare costs than active adults
  7. Inactive Americans take 1 week of extra sick days per year vs. an active person
  8. The top 10 killers In the 50 highest income countries are all connected to physical inactivity
  9. “Sitting is the New Smoking” - More people die from inactivity (5.3 million) each year in America than from smoking (5.0 million)    

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Record Number Of People Who Are 'Couch Potatoes'

Look at the charts below. The trend is not good. While inactivity rates are increasing, the biggest concern is with our children. The percentage who are totally inactive* or 'couch potatoes' is alarming. Inactive children means increased health issues and cost. Inactive children are also not performing as well academically. And, an inactive child will more than likely become an inactive adult.  We must turn this trend around. 

Total Inactives 2014
 Inactive Children 2014

Vast Majority Not Active To Healthy Standards

Two studies came out in 2014 which are alarming. In the Physical Activity Council research, 2/3rd of all Americans are not active to healthy standards (average activity 3 times a week or more).  And in the Designed to Move report, it was reported 80% of adults do not meet aerobic or muscle strength guidelines. 

Healthy Standards 2013  



Least Active and Most Active States in America

Most Inactive States

USA #1 With Children Who Are Overweight Or Obese

obesity by country 2015

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Obesity Levels State By State for 2013 

The CDC, Center for Disease Control, reports the state averages for the percentage of Americans who are obese by year. 68% of Americans were either obese or overweight in 2013.

  Obesity by State 2013 

Other Key Trends, Changes and Rankings

Notice how the average weight of an American has increased 24lbs. since 1960. If you want to see more details, how your state ranks, and other key trends in the most recent F as in Fat Report.

 Top 10 States     Weight Changes


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Inactivity Projections Around The World - UP!

Look at the negative trends reported by Designed to Move. In the USA, physical activity has declined 32% in 44 years. See how this trend is projected to continue in the USA and around the world.

USA Trend Nike

And, the Inactivity Pandemic stretches around the world.

Inactivity Around the World


The Consequences Of Obesity 

 The CDC reports that as weight increases reaching overweight and obese levels, the risks for the following conditions increase:

  • Coronary heart diseaseCDC Logo
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
  • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)

 The Psychological Impact Of Obesity

Being overweight and obese can hurt one’s psychological well being such as:
  • Emotional problems
  • Poor body image
  • Self consciousness
  • Low self esteem
  • Less confidence


The Dramatic Effects of Inactivity & Obesity

First Generation 



Obesity Related Healthcare Costs Thru 2030

Obese costs and BMI change



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Inactivity Kills More Than Obesity - BBC New


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