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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

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