Year that the city of Berkeley, California, passed a soda tax, according a report by the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley: 2014
Four months later, percentage drop in self-reported consumption of soda -- with residents also reported to be drinking more water: 21
Source: University of California, San Diego Extension.
During the second quarter 2016, amount of credit card debt racked up by U.S. consumers -- the largest second-quarter accumulation since at least 1986, according to the personal-finance website WalletHub: $34.4 billion
Average indebted household's balance: $7,817
Projected amount we are now on track to surpass in outstanding balances by the end of 2016: $1 trillion
Cost to health-care systems worldwide of physical inactivity (defined by the World Health Organization as not meeting its recommendation of 150 minutes per week per adult of moderate intensity physical activity), according to a study reported in The Lancet: $53.8 billion
Of this cost, amount that was paid by the public sector: $31.2 billion
Amount paid by the private sector: $12.9 billion
Amount paid by households: $9.7 billion
Estimated productivity losses caused by physical inactivity-related deaths: $13.7 billion
Source: Global Wellness Institute.
Median household income for families with two full-time working parents and at least one child under 18 at home: $102,400
Median income for households where the father works full time and the mother works part time: $84,000
Median income for households where the father works full time and the mother is not employed: $55,000
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Percentage of college costs in 2015-16 that were paid for with scholarships and grants, according to a national study from Sallie Mae: 34
Ranks of parent income and savings (29 percent), student borrowing (13 percent), student income and savings (12 percent), parent borrowing (7 percent) and contributions from relatives and friends (5 percent) on the list of ways used to cover the cost of attendance: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage increase in over-the-top (i.e., internet-based) video service adoption among U.S. broadband households since 2014, according to data from Parks Associates: 12
Percentage growth in password sharing over that same time: 8
Ranks of Netflix, WWE Network, Hulu and MLB.TV on the list of OTT video services with the highest percentage of the population willing to recommend the service to others: 1, 2, 3, 4
Source: Parks Associates.
Percentage of Americans who agree that the U.S. has come a long way toward reaching gender equality, according to results of a Harris Poll: 75
Percentage who acknowledge that, compared to previous generations, men today are willing to take on more responsibilities at home: 86
Percentage of U.S. adults who believe the next decade will see more female leaders: 91
Percentage who say they will have higher income potential: 65
Source: The Harris Poll.
Percentage of working adults in the U.S. who say that their workplace has a positive impact on their health, according to a NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll: 26
Percentage who say it has a negative impact on their health: 16
Percentage who say that it has a negative impact on their stress levels: 43
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In China, percentage by which a government plan hopes to reduce its citizens' meat consumption, according to data from Global Footprint Network: 50
Number of tons this is calculated to lower the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from China's livestock industry by 2030: 1 billion
Source: Global Footprint Network.
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