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Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Check out these terrifying statistics about fitness, health, disease, and death in the United States.

  1. 60% of American adults have a preventable chronic disease, many of which are caused by behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and alcohol use. (CDC)
  2. Only 21% of adults meet national aerobic and muscle strengthening guidelines. (State Indicator Report on Physical Activity)
  3. 40% of U.S. adults and 19% of kids age 2-19 are obese. (CDC)
  4. $147 billion is spent annually on healthcare for obesity. (CDC)
  5. 15% of youth report that they do no physical activity at all. (State Indicator Report on Physical Activity)
  6. 43% of U.S. high school students spend at least three hours a day on a computer, and 21% spend at least three hours a day watching TV. (State of Childhood Obesity)
  7. The national rates of depression (18%) and diabetes (12%) are at their highest levels since 2008. (2016 State Well-Being Rankings)
  8. 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended by the U.S. government. (CDC)
  9. Less than 10% of U.S. adults and adolescents eat enough fruits and vegetables. (CDC)
  10. 480,000 deaths in the U.S. are caused by cigarette smoking or secondhand smoke every year. (CDC)


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