I’m getting chunky & other random statistics

by wil — Nov 19, 2010

I had to renew my driver’s license recently, and the MVD employee asked me if I still weighed 160 lbs. — 160?!? — I was kind of shocked. I thought my weight was pretty stable, but no, I don’t still weigh 160, I weigh 176. That’s a gain of 2 lbs/year over the past eight years. And while I’d like to say it’s been solid muscle growth, that wouldn’t really be the complete truth (hmm…maybe it’s bone growth, perhaps I should cut back on my calcium). If this trend continues, in 12 years I’ll weigh 200. I don’t want to weigh 200 (not that there’s anything wrong with weighing 200, it’s just not for me), so I’m going to cut back on the sweets a bit and make sure I get daily exercise.

Other random statistics I’ve stumbled across recently:

Half the world’s population lives in just six countries.
Half the world's population

US internet usage (src):

  • 74% of American adults (ages 18 and older) use the internet at least occasionally
  • In my age group (30-49), 81% use the internet at least occasionally.
  • In the 18-29 age group, 93% use the internet at least occasionally.

One in 7 US households (14.7%) were hit by hunger issues in 2009 (src)

One in five (20%) Americans experienced a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder last year (src)

Religion (src):

  • In 2008, 76% of America’s adult population self-described as “Christian” (in 1990, the number was 86%)
  • In 2008, .5% self-described as “Buddhist” and .5% self-described as “Wiccan”, “Pagan”, or “Spiritualist” (in 1990, the numbers were .2% and .0045%)

By Odin’s beard, if these growth trends continue, it looks like we’ll all soon be self-describing as Wiccan, Pagan, or Spiritualist.

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