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Health Facts You May Not Know...


  • Americans are the heaviest people in developed countries. The U.S. surgeon general has called obesity a national epidemic.
  • 61 percent of Americans are overweight.
  • Consuming an extra 100 calories daily for a year, without using them up, can lead to a weight gain of 10 pounds.
  • Every gram of carbohydrate or protein equals 4 calories.
  • The number of overweight people in the world - 1.1 billion - now equals the number of undernourished people.
  • With each decade as we age, we need 100 fewer calories per day.
  • Every gram of fat equals 9 calories.
  • 10 calories a day (2 hard candies) of unexpended energy puts on an extra pound a year.