Karthik Reddy shared with Healthy Lombard that for a long time, the developed world has been fighting a pandemic different from the coronavirus – the pandemic of obesity. Nutrition statistics show that calorically rich food sources that are poor in nutritive elements are all around us, and the motivation behind consuming them can be rooted in our lifestyle, economic situation, culture, and, ultimately, life philosophy.
How much do we lose both individually and as a nation due to obesity, and how many of us are succeeding in balancing our weight? What are we supposed to look out for when aiming for the perfect balance? These facts and figures tackle these questions, so if you are curious to find the answers, read on.
Top 10 Key Nutrition Statistics & Facts
- 42.4% of the US population is overweight.
- One-third of the American population is on a special nutrition program.
- The intermittent fasting diet is the most popular regiment in the US.
- Americans are the world’s champions in sugar intake.
- The average American consumes at least 1.5 times more than the recommended daily amount of calories.
- 90% of Americans exceed the recommended daily dose of sodium.
- 46% of college students can’t afford a healthy meal.
- Vitamin B6 deficiency is the most common nutritive shortage among the US population.
- Americans have become less interested in reading the nutrition info panel.
- $1.72 trillion were lost on costs related to obesity in the US, in 2016.
The Latest American Nutrition Facts & Dieting Statistics
1. 42.4% of the US population is overweight – CDC nutrition report for 2017- 2018 reveals.
CDC data exposes that 42.4% of the US population in the period 2017- 2018 was obese, with no significant differences in obesity prevalence among different age groups and gender. However, around 9.2% were severely obese, and there were more women in this group than men.
In the last 20 years, there is a 12 percentage point increase in the share of overweight people in comparison with the period 1999-2000, when around 30.5% of the population was overweight, and 4.7% was severely obese.
2. One-third of the American population is on a special nutrition program, dieting statistics from 2017 show.
(Food Insight; Food Insight)
The 2018 report of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) indicates that 36% of the Americans in 2017 were following special food regiments. Out of these, 16% were loosely following the carbohydrate restrictive diet, whereas 10% were adherers to the intermittent fasting diet. Moreover, 7% were practicing the raw, paleo diet, and 5% were following the strict low-carb diet (keto diet).
Americans aged 19-34 were most likely to follow a special nutritional regiment.