How Many People Die of Obesity Each Year?

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As of March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 112,000 deaths in the United States are associated with obesity annually. It is important to note that as Americans focus on exercising and eating healthy, combined with the advancements in medical science and national promotions that support reducing obesity, this estimate is likely to fluctuate, according to the CDC.

Obesity is a medical disorder that causes an accumulation of body fat to the point where it puts a person at undue risk for negative health effects including diabetes, heart disease and even death. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reports that individuals with a BMI, or body mass index, of 30 or higher are considered obese.