Monday, April 27, 2015

A Few Numbers, Just for the Heck of It

20% of Americans are at church on a given week, though 40% report weekly attendance. There are roughly 300,000 individual religious congregations in the U.S.

Though a vast majority polled think fast food is not healthy to eat, still, nearly half (47%) of Americans are eating it at least weekly. There are 160,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S.

The number of children born every year stands at just under 4 million, with a lifetime childbearing rate of 1.9 per woman. 40% of children are born without married parents, and almost exactly a third of babies are now born via C-section.

The number of U.S. babies dying in their first day of life is the highest among industrialized nations, in fact higher than all the others combined. The number of mothers dying due to pregnancy and childbirth is high and getting higher, with America being one of only 8 countries in the world (this time, including non-industrialized nations) losing ground on maternal mortality.

Somewhere around 3-5% of Americans are vegetarian or vegan; but an additional 10% are former vegetarians who have gone back to eating meat. (Et tu, bacon?) According to surveys, an American non-vegetarian is a lot more likely to be interested in vegetarian options nowadays, but still eats an average of nearly 6 ounces of meat per day.

While 30% of Americans aren't getting any physical activity whatsoever, about half are exercising regularly, at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes a pop. We're more likely to put on those workout clothes in spring and summer when it's nicest weather.

And on that note, I need to finish this post and get out for a little jog myself!

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