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Infographic: Top Public Health Risks (with Smoking & Obesity Stats)

Posted by Matthew Smith on Dec 12, 2013 11:22:00 AM

Infographic, Population HealthObesity and smoking are among the top public health risks, according to an infographic from In fact, the infographic shows that obese adults cost $1,429 more per year in medical costs than healthy weight adults. In addition, smoking causes serious illness in approximately 8.6 million people.

This infographic also identifies other public health risks, accompanied by statistics and information regarding causes and at-risk populations.

Obesity, the Silent Killer

35.7% of American adults are obese, costing:

  • $3.91 more in medical costs per day;
  • $27.41 more a week;
  • $109.62 more a month; and
  • $1,429 more a year than healthy weight adults

Smoking is the Single Largest Preventable Danger to the U.S. People

With 443,000 people dying from second-hand smoke or smoking every year (or nearly 50 an hour) and 8.6 million living with serious illnesses due to smoking (that’s 1/36.5 Americans, OF ALL AGES) it's a good thing smoking is slowly decreasing.

By year, number of current smokers, total (male and female)

Total Change=-51.4%

Population Health, Population Health Risks, Obesity, Smoking

Topics: Population Health, Infographic, Obesity, Public Health, Smoking

Infographic: A Look at America's Health Disadvantage & Morbidity Gap

Posted by Matthew Smith on Apr 25, 2013 4:57:00 PM

Infographic, DiabetesThe United States spent $2.6 trillion on health care in 2010 - more than any other country in the world. Yet based on research from a collaborative effort within the National Academy of Sciences, Americans live shorter lives and experience more injuries and illnesses than people in similar high-income countries.

The Mortality Gap

Out of 17 countries surveyed (Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom), the U.S. finished dead-last (or perhaps dead first is more appropriate) in nearly every category.*

America's Health Disadvantage

 Infographic courtesy of:


Topics: Population Health, Infographic, Obesity, Diabetes

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