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75 Statistics, Quotes, & Facts about Weight Loss

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Weight Loss Statistics, Facts 2019

The Obesity Epidemic Around The World

No matter the country or the continent, obesity affects people all around the world. Obesity rates have been on the rise ever since the end of the 20th century. With fast food chains popping up in every city, it’s no surprise that people are opting for more convenient and fast meals. On the plus side, many people are pursuing healthier lifestyles in an effort to lose weight.

Did you know?
In the

years 2015 to 2016, 39.8% of the adult population in the USA (roughly 93.3 million people) was affected by obesity.


 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Fact 
 
More than one in two adults is obese in OCED countries.
 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 

Statistics Show
30 percent of the world is now overweight or obese.
Fox News

The Bottom Line
Obesity has almost doubled since 1980.
European Association for the Study of Obesity

Reality Check
In 2011, more than 40 million children under five were overweight.
European Association for the Study of Obesity

Did you know?
From a global perspective, roughly 10 percent of the world is overweight.
Time Magazine

Fact
The countries with the largest population of obese children are the United States and China.
Forbes

Statistics Say
At 1.2%, Bangladesh has the lowest obesity rate in the world.
Forbes

The Bottom Line
The most obese country in the world is Nauru, followed by Cook Islands and Palau.
Central Intelligence Agency

Did you know?
Today, the average adult is 3x more likely to be obese than the average adult in 1975.
Metrocosm

The Dangers of Obesity


There’s no doubt that obesity causes severe risks. From increased blood pressure to a higher risk of cancer, obesity increases mortality in the long-run. Unlike some terminal illnesses, obesity is preventable in most cases. Taking the steps to live a healthy life can increase your lifespan. The immediate threats that root from obesity are very real and in most cases, lead to a premature death.

Reality Check
Obesity causes over 300,000 premature deaths each year in the United States.
Standford Healthcare

Fact
Higher body fat is directly linked to various types of cancers, including liver and kidney cancer.
Cancer.gov

The Truth is
Obese people are 83 percent more likely to develop kidney desease.
Healthy Women

Sources Say
Half of girls obese in their teennage years will be extremely obese in their early 30’s.
Healthy Women

Did you know?
Obese Americans, on average, spend $1,429 more in medical expenses than those who are not obese.
Medical News Today

The Bottom Line
On average, obesity makes a person 20 times more likely to develop diabeties.
Help Guide

Reality Check
Those who are obese are 55% more likely to suffer from depression.
Help Guide

Fact
Roughly 2.8 million adults die each year as a direct result of obesity.
European Association for the Study of Obesity

The Data Shows
In a study of  950 people, the subjects were 60% more likely to develop LV (left ventricular) desfunctions.
Cardio Smart

Did You Know?
One in three obese Americans have been diagnosed with Arthritis.
Arthritis.org

Proof that Weight Loss Improves your Health


If you’re overweight, the first step to getting healthy is starting a weight loss journey. While the road is long, the pay off is huge. Losing weight takes a combination of eating right, working out, and undergoing bariatric surgery. Surgery, by far, is the most effective way for obese individuals keep weight off in the long-run. After you lose weight, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off.

Reality Check
Just a 5% weight loss can lower your cholesterol and triglycerides.
WebMD

Fact
Those who lose between 5 to 10% of their body weight are less likely to have cardiometabolic risk
Science Daily

The Truth is
Studies show that weight loss reduces levels of glucose and leptin (both root causes for heart disease and diabetes).
National Institue of Health

Sources Say
Weight loss also helps improve B cell functions.
National Institue of Health

Did you know?
Losing five percent of your body weight can improve your insulin sensitivity.
NBC News

The Bottom Line
A number of people who lose weight will sleep better by decreasing sleep apena.
Shape

Reality Check
A study of 100 women who had weight loss surgery showed that many of them reported increased sexual desire and arousal.
Shape

Fact
Research found that weight loss may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality.
Alive by Nature

The Data Shows
Obesity puts a burden on the adrenal gland (the gland that manages allergies), so losing weight helps improve allergies.
Everyday Health

Did You Know?
“Losing 20 or so pounds might seem daunting, but we’ve shown that even a modest weight loss can yield heart and vascular benefits,”.
Dr. De Las Fuentes at the Washington Unversity School of Medicine

Dieting and Weight Loss


Eating right is one of the most important things when it comes to weight loss. It’s important that you meet with a nutritionist to find a diet or meal plan that works best for you. Avoiding “fad” diets that aren’t maintainable long-run is always suggested by professionals. One of the first steps to eating right is to cut out junk food – sugar, sodas, and other processed foods. Eating right isn’t easy and takes a lot of dedication.

Reality Check
In the USA alone, Americans spend more than $60 billion per year on dieting programs.
Worldometers

Fact
Of those who go on diets, 95% fail and go regain weight in one to five years.
Monte Nido

The Truth is
For a majority of people, dieting does not lead to sustained weight loss
UCLA

Sources Say
In the year 2016, 66% of Americans were on a diet of some sort.
Women’s Marketing

Did you know?
Despite dieting, the number one reasons Americans don’t reach their desired weight is because they don’t exercise enough
Calorie Control

The Bottom Line
“The sad fact is that fad diets set the individual up for failure. When the diet fails, the dieters may blame themselves and develop a feeling of demoralization and hopelessness that they are unable to lose weight.”
Nutritionist Judy Penta, Everyday Health

Reality Check
Of everyone who goes on a diet to lose weight, up to 35% of them become addicted to dieting.
Help Guide

Fact
Dieting is a big factor that leads to eating disorders.
Dietitians Association of Australia

The Data Shows
45 million Americans go on a diet each year.
The Washington Post

Did You Know?
Only 21% of adults eat the suggested amount of fruits each day.
Kansas State University

Exercise and Weight Loss


Even if you have the pefect diet, it’s still vital to exercise to keep yourself in shape. Studies show that dieting is much more effective in promoting weight loss. When you eat right, you can lose weight much quicker than you would while exercising. Regardless, working out to lose weight never hurts. Not only will you lose some weight, but you’ll develop more muscle mass and keep your heart healthy.

Reality Check
While both exercise and dieting are important, dieting is more effective to create a 500 to 700 calorie defecit because physical activity takes much longer.
Women’s Health

Fact
“As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart”.
Dr. Talbott

The Truth is
Experts suggest 225 to 420 minutes of exercise each weak to promote clinical weight loss..
National Library of Medicine

Sources Say
By exercising 200 minutes per week or more, you can significantly lose more weight than those who exercise 150 to 199 minutes per week.
National Library of Medicine

Did you know?
We can only burn between 10 to 30 percent of the weight we gain from food by working out.
Vox

The Bottom Line
Out of all the members of the National Weight Control Registry, 89% lose weight by a combination of diet and exercise, 10% by just diet, and 1% by just exercise.
American Council on Exercise

Reality Check
It is suggested that you perform aerobic activites three times a week for 20 minutes per session, however, you should do them for more than 20 minutes if you want to lose weight.
Healthline

Fact
“You don’t need to be an athlete; walking, biking or gym cardio machines all work well. Start slowly and gradually increase to 45 minutes of activity a day, more if you are able.”.
Dr. Ann McTiernan, Science Daily

The Data Shows
If you have bad nutrition, no amount of exercise will help you lose weight.
WebMD

Did You Know?
“People don’t understand that it is very difficult to exercise enough to lose weight. If that is why you are doing it, you are going to fail”.
Professor Todd Miller, Huffpost

Evidence Behind Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss


One of the most effective ways to lose weight is to have bariatric surgery. There are many types of bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeves, bypass, duodenal switches, and gastric bands. Studies show that bariatric surgery reduces mortality rates and is helps the morbidly obese lose weight. With advancing technologies, bariatric surgeries are extremely safe procedures and have high success rates.

Reality Check
After bariatric surgery, the rate of mortaility reduces up to 89 percent.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Fact
Morbidly Obese Individuals become resistant to weight loss from dieting and working out.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Truth is
60% of diabetic patients who underwent bariatric surgery for weight loss showed signs of remission five years afterwards.
Science Daily

Sources Say
Bariatric Surgery is the most effective long-term treatment options for severe obesity.
Science Daily

Did you know?
In addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery is known to improve heart disease, high blood pressure, gastro reflux, and type 2 diabetes.
Mayo Clinic

The Bottom Line
After patients have bariatric surgery to lose weight, 80% or more “do well” afterwards.
WebMD

Reality Check
Most bariatric surgery patients maintain succesful weightloss long-term (defined as weight loss equal to or greater than 50% of their excess body fat).
Obesity Reporter

Fact
“Bariatric surgery is probably the most effective intervention we have in health care.”
Dr. Twells, NY Times

The Data Shows
More than 60% of patients see a decrease in cholesterol levels.
US News

Did You Know?
50% of bariatric patients saw a decrease in high blood pressure.
US News

Weight Loss and Economic Benefits


It’s no surprise that it’s expensive to be obese. From higher food costs to medical expenses, those who are obese will spend several thousands more over their lifetime. Weight loss will not only help your health, but it will also help you save money in the long-run.

Reality Check
An obese vs. a normal weight 20 year-old will save $14,059 over his or her lifetime.
Obesity Society

Fact
70% of obese adults incur $210 billion in medical costs in the USA alone.
Men’s Journal

The Truth is
 
“If you split all your dinners and eat 183 total meals annually, instead of 365, assuming that the cost is $5 per meal, that’s a savings of (about) $910,”
Professor O’Neil, Bankrate

Sources Say
At the age of 50, the average obese will have incured $36,278 in expenses directly related to their weight.
NY Daily News

Did you know?
In the workplace, obesity cost American companies $3.38 billion in productivity costs each year.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Weight Loss and Mental Health


There is a direct link between weight and mental health. It’s proven that of people with mental health issues, more of them are overweight. Weight loss will improve both your physical and your mental health. From being more confident to lifting out of a depression, weight loss does wonders.

Reality Check
Many cases of obesity are caused by depression, binge eating disorder, PTSD, and other mental healh disorders.
Clinical Advisor

Fact
People with mental health issues die 25 years sooner than those without mental health issues due to obesity related issues.
Psychiatry Advisor

The Truth is
Kids with obesity face a higher risk of depression during adulthood.
CBS News

Sources Say
A study of 1,300 psychologists’ patients showed that the biggest hurdle to weight loss was overcoming emotions.
Mark’s Daily Apple

Did you know?
About 80% of people with mental health problems are obese.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Bottom Line
Small dietary changes that promote weight loss have a positive effect on mental health.
American Psychological Association

Reality Check
People with obesity are 25% more likely to develop mood disorders like depression.
Everyday Health

Fact
Over one third of obese men and women in treatment for weight loss have a mental health issue with binge eating.
MentalHealth.net

The Data Shows
“Overweight and obesity are epidemic among persons with serious mental illness, yet weight-loss trials systematically exclude this vulnerable population.”
Modern Medicine Network

Did You Know?
“I really, strongly believe that people need to start dealing with whatever issues in their life they’re not happy with and the weight issues will be easier to deal with after that.”
Promedica Health Connect

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