The obesity epidemic in North America and other countries around the world is a serious problem that continues to get worse. In the United States, about one-third of American adults are considered obese and approximately $147 billion are spent on added medical expenses for these individuals each year. Although this is already a staggering number, experts expect it to rise by at least $1 billion each year. Here are thirteen striking photos that illustrate the severity of the obesity epidemic by showing what animals would look like if they carried the same excess weight as humans.
The squirrel pictured here would have a tough time being as agile and efficient as its thinner peers. The extra weight would make it difficult to climb obstacles, gather food, and evade predators.