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  • 50,000,000 -- The amount of dollars behind a campaign to reduce childhood obesity. Public service announcements featuring overweight kids that are currently airing in Georgia have brought attention to the campaign, with some critics arguing that the commercials, produced by Strong4Life, don't offer helpful solutions. Source: "Ga. Childhood Obesity PSAs Spark Controversy," CBS News.
  • 16,800 -- The number of kidney transplants performed in the United States in 2010. More than 6,000 of those kidneys were supplied by living donors. Source: "In Need of a Kidney? Facebook Might Help," CBS News.
  • 100 -- The minimum number of Target stores that were the site of nurse-ins held by breastfeeding moms last week. The participants were protesting because of a late November incident in which Michelle Hickman of Houston was asked to move and threatened with a ticket for breastfeeding in the clothing department of a store. Source: "Breastfeeding Moms Stage 'Nurse-In' Protests at Target Stores," CBS News.
  • 20 -- The percentage of Americans teenagers who are smokers, according to the National Cancer Institute. It is assumed that many of those smokers will continue to smoke as they age. Source: "Texting Program to Help Teens Quit Smoking," CNN.
  • 46 -- The average number of kidney transplants performed in the United States every day. About 13 people die every day in this country while waiting for a donor. Source: "In Need of a Kidney? Facebook Might Help," CBS News.
  • 45 -- The number of states that have laws in place allowing women to breastfeed anywhere in public, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Washington, D.C., also allows the practice. Source: "Breastfeeding Moms Stage 'Nurse-In' Protests at Target Stores," CBS News.
  • 300,000 -- The number of toy teddy bears recalled by the Build-A-Bear Workship Inc. franchise last week over concerns that the eyes could pop off and become a choking hazard for young kids. Source: "Build-A-Bear Recalls 300,000 Teddy Bears Over Choking Risk (Full Details)," CBS News.
  • 2,700 -- The alarming number of calories that the average American consumed each day over the course of 2011, according to government data. "Americans' Ton-a-Year Eating Habit: By the Numbers," The Week.
  • 1,996.3 -- The amount of food, in pounds, that the average American consumed over the course of 2011, according to government data. "Americans' Ton-a-Year Eating Habit: By the Numbers," The Week.
  • 1/2 -- The number of females who admitted to having faked at least one orgasm in a 2009 University of Kansas survey of several hundred students. Source: "Faking Orgasm," Psychology Today.
  • 1/4 -- The number of males who admitted to having fakes at least one orgasm in a 2009 University of Kansas survey of several hundred students. Source: "Faking Orgasm," Psychology Today.
  • 19 -- The number of states that allow employers to screen -- and cut -- job applicants for signs of smoking, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Pennsylvania, which is one of those states, recently made headlines because Geisinger Health System, a large hospital, has warned it will institute a no-nicotine policy starting February 1, 2012. Applicants who test positive for nicotine will not be allowed to reapply for at least 90 days. Source: "Hospital: Smokers Need Not Apply," CNN.
  • 500 -- The minimum amount, in dollars, on average, that smokers spend on annual medical expenses, according to a 2003 study. The upper end of the average was $2,200. Source: "Hospital: Smokers Need Not Apply," CNN.
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