That Figures: the Real Cost of Childhood Obesity

The plain facts of a real crisis.
In a nation where 90 percent of elementary schools have eliminated daily physical education classes, this young girl is lucky to be enrolled in a hospital-run weight-loss program. (Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)
Sep 8, 2011· 0 MIN READ

17 percent of American kids ages 2-19 are obese.

40 percent of African American and Hispanic kids are overweight or obese.

90 percent of elementary schools eliminated daily physical education classes.

2/3 of high school students don’t get recommended daily levels of physical activity.

7.5 hours a day is spent by the average teenager using entertainment media like TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies.

106 calories of daily intake is associated with every additional hour of sedentary screen time.

$147 billion is what the obesity epidemic costs the U.S. each year.

$66 billion per year is the projected annual increase of costs associated with obesity.

10 to 20 percent of growth in health insurance premiums over the last 15 years is linked to rising rates of obesity.

215,000 American children younger than 20 had diabetes in 2010.

1/3 of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | The Diane Rehm Show | The Lancet | Let’s Move! | National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse