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Profiting From America's Portly Population
Date:4/21/2008

As The Obesity Epidemic Continues, Business Information Analysts At IBISWorld Reveal Industries That Are Cashing In On Our Lardy Lifestyles

LOS ANGELES, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation's rapidly expanding waistline puts a significant stress on the healthcare system -- causing headaches for healthcare providers, employers, politicians, and patients themselves -- health clubs, weight loss centers, and clever fast food outlets are reaping the rewards from an increasingly overweight America, according to Mr. George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld, Inc. IBISWorld (http://www.ibisworld.com) is recognized as one of the nation's most respected independent publishers of business intelligence research.

The Health of the Nation

There is no doubt that Americans are beginning to become more health conscious, but it will be a long road before overweight people tip the scales toward a more healthy weight. According to IBISWorld, around 34 percent of the U.S. population is considered to be clinically obese (with a Body Mass Index greater than 30); while a staggering 60 percent are considered to be overweight. The challenge ahead is compounded by the fact that the number of Americans who are overweight or obese is rising dramatically.

In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has increased 74 percent among U.S. adults in the past 15 years. Around half of American women are overweight, with slightly higher proportions among African American, Native American, and Mexican American females, classified as being overweight.

It has been reported by the CDC that 48.1 percent of U.S. residents complete the recommended amount of physical activity -- 30 minutes a day, five days a week -- while just over a quarter accomplished no leisure-time physical activity at all. Direct health costs attributable to obesity are estimated at around $75
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