It Came From The Library: Index Edition
The first in an occasional 'from the Library' series wherein statistics caught in our weekly troll of the food media are offered up in highly digestible, if occasionally provocative, bits.
Percentage of total antibiotics used in the United States that is fed to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle: 70
Percent by which the medical expenses of an obese American exceeds that of normal-weight Americans: 42
Estimated medical spending on obesity-related conditions in the U.S. in 2008: $147 billion
Estimated increase in the number of calories the average American consumes per day over the last 20 years: 250
Estimated weight loss if the average American substituted water for sweetened beverages: 15 lbs
Estimated 10-year revenue from a 10% sales tax on fattening foods as defined by a national standard recently adopted by Great Britain: $522 billion