Obesity Statistics

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CDC Statistics on Obesity

Let’s review some data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) regarding Obesity & Overweight Statistics.

The current percentage of adults ranked as obese stands at 34%. Keep in mind that 34% represents obesity - not overweight. When overweight is factored into the Weight Equation, about 70% of the American public is experiencing issues with weight.

How Obesity & Overweight are Defined

Both states of ‘obesity’ and ‘overweight’ should be determined by body composition assessments rather than based on a weight scale or chart - which generally means that a trip to your personal doctor’s office should be in the works. Let’s look at the definitions of Obesity and Overweight.

Definition of Obese & Obesity: When body fat accumulates to 30% and above recommended body weight.

Definition of Overweight: Based on a standard form of measurement such as BMI, body height or a recommended weight chart based on specific governing factors. Weight will be slightly over the recommended standards.

As mentioned above, the current percentage of adults ranked as obese stands at 34%. Let’s dig deeper into the facts.

Obesity Statistics Based on Gender

- Males age 20-74 of all races and ethnicity are 72.6% either overweight or obese. In the early 1960’s only 49.5% of American males were either overweight or obese.

Females age 20-74 of all races and ethnicity are 61.2% either overweight or obese. In the early 1960’s only 40.2% of American women were either overweight or obese.

- Males age 75+ of all races and ethnicity are 65.8% either overweight or obese. Females age 75+ of all races and ethnicity are 62.6% either overweight or obese.

Obesity Statistics Based on Ethnicity

When the Weight Factors are broken down by ethnicity, the numbers change:

- White American males age 20-74 are currently 72.1% either overweight or obese. White American females age 20-74 are currently 57.4% either overweight or obese.

- Black American males age 20-74 are currently 72% either overweight or obese. Black American females age 20-74 are currently 80.5% either overweight or obese.

- Mexican American males age 20-74 are currently 77.3% either overweight or obese. Mexican American females age 20-74 are currently 74.4% either overweight or obese.

Obesity Compared to Earlier Years

In the early 1960’s, it was virtually unheard of for an American child from age 2-5 to be obese. Let’s race to the data base of 2008 where more than 10% of the children in this age bracket are ranked as obese.

In the early 1960’s, the obesity rating for an American child age 6-11 was about 4%. Fast-forward to 2008 and the percentage equals almost 20%.

In the early 1960’s, the obesity rating for an American adolescent age 12-19 was 4.6%. In 2008 - over 18%.


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