|The growing prevalence of obesity in the United States represents a significant health threat to millions of Americans! The overweight statistics presented below are frightening. Remember what you eat minus what you use up is the number you see on the scale! Obesity-related diseases cost Americans an estimated 120 billion dollars annually. Obesity and overweight related problems have overtaken smoking and are now the single most preventable cause of illness and death in the United States! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):- "Obesity rose 6% nationally between 1998 and 1999, The increase affected all regions of the country and all demographic groups.In the United States, an estimated 300,000 deaths annually are attributed to obesity and the carrying of excess weight.Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, high blood pressure and amputations have increased by a staggering 33% as a result of obesity. These pages are here to help determine if you are fat and what you can do about it.