In 2005 Americans spent more than 47 percent of their food dollars eating out and Americans eat almost 30 percent of their meals away from home each year.
One out of every eight children under the age of twelve in the U.S. goes to bed hungry every night.
—Oracle Think Quest: Education Foundation
About 10 percent of people who have surgery, even relatively routine procedures such as knee or back operations, for example, will never be the same again, suffering a lifetime of generalized pain that may start from the incision site but is eventually diffused to other parts of the body.
19,000: number of deaths each year in the US caused by the “superbug” MRSA.
According to the US Census Bureau, 46 million Americans were uninsured in 2008; approximately 28 percent of Americans aged 18 to 34 years and 10 percent of children had no health insurance coverage.
Studies have shown: 93 percent of non-organic oranges analyzed contained pesticide residue: 78 percent of studied apples contained pesticide residues.
—Pesticide Action Network
78 percent of adults agree that going out to a restaurant with family or friends gives them an opportunity to socialize and is a better way to make use of their leisure time than cooking and cleaning up.
—National Restaurant Association
The National School Lunch Program cost $9.8 billion in the 2009 fiscal year. By comparison, the lunch program’s total cost in 1947 was $70 million; in 1950, $119.7 million; in 1960, $225.8 million; in 1970, $565.5 million; in 1980, $3.2 billion, in 1990, $3.7 billion; and in 2000, $6.1 billion.
48 percentage of increase in risk of a fatal heart attack in people who sleep less than six hours per night. The stroke risk rises 15 percent.
104,748 number of US patients are currently waiting for an organ transplant. More than 4,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.
—National Kidney Foundation
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