We take a look at some of the biggest — and weirdest — diet and exercise trends of the past decade.
One Nation, Overweight. Gold's Gym and Health.com have teamed up to take measure of America's growing problem.
Every 10 years the U.S. Census gives citizens and policy-makers a detailed portrait of the nation — who we are, where we live, and how we've changed. To complement that monumental survey, we did one of our own, taking a brutally honest look at how Americans are faring in this era of rampant supersizing and epic obesity.
We crunched the numbers and the results are startling. Turns out, when it comes to health and fitness, Americans aren't doing so well.
That's why Gold's Gym and Health.com have partnered to bring you "30 Ways to Lose Weight, Get Fit, and Feel Great!", an interactive calendar full of workout and nutrition tips to help America win its battle with the bulge. Starting April 15, Health.com will reveal a new finding from the 2010 Fitness Census each day. Check back often to get the skinny on America's big, fat statistics, like the ones below.
In 2010, two out of three adult Americans are overweight or obese.
Since 2000, the amount of fat the average American consumes has increased by 180 grams — the equivalent of two sticks of butter — per week. That's an extra 20 pounds of fat per year.
Individually, we consume nearly 3,500 milligrams of sodium every day — that's about 1.5 pounds of salt per year over the recommended limit.
For the first time in more than 60 years, the average life expectancy of Americans born today may be less than their parents'.
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From 2000 to 2010, the amount of time teens spend playing videogames has more than doubled; time on the computer has tripled.
From 2000 to 2010, the number of gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries shot up nearly 600%, with 220,000 procedures done in 2008. Total cost:
Estimated new cases of diabetes since 2000: 8 million
Think your job is fattening?
Even our dogs are fat: 25% of America's pets are overweight.
But it isn't all bad news. Since 2000, the number of overweight and obese children in the U.S. has stopped climbing. The percentage of adults who say they exercise regularly is up 5%, and more people than ever belong to health clubs. More than 60% of American businesses are promoting healthy living through programs such as discounted gym memberships or on-site exercise facilities.
How Gold's Gym is getting involved and how you can take advantage:
How you can help make 2010 a thinner year, too: