According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Obesity is common, serious, and costly in the United States:

  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines]
  • In 2008, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those within normal weight ranges. [Read summary]
  • Obesity affects some groups more than others. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (48.1%), followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (34.5%), and non-Hispanic Asians (11.7%). Obesity is higher among middle age adults age 40-59 years (40.2%) and older adults age 60 and over (37.0%) than among younger adults age 20–39 (32.3%). [Read the summary]

Visit the CDC website for more details on obesity and overweight conditions.