Updated from 11:10 a.m. EDTObesity has steadily become a national nightmare in the U.S. and is on its way to becoming a global epidemic. For the first time in hundreds of years, the average lifespan could actually begin to decrease because of the effects of obesity. Here are some basic numbers:
- Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
- Roughly 60 million Americans are considered obese.
- Within 50 years, obesity will likely shorten the average lifespan of Americans -- 77.6 years -- by at least two to five years.
- Some 3.8 million Americans weigh over 300 pounds.
- The prevalence of obesity among children has quadrupled in the past 25 years.
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