Obesity within Ethnic Groups - USA
Differing Rates of Excess Weight By Ethnic
- In women, overweight and obesity are
higher among members of racial and ethnic minority populations than
in non-Hispanic white women.
- In men, Mexican Americans have a higher
prevalence of overweight and obesity than non-Hispanic whites or non-Hispanic
- The prevalence of overweight and obesity
in non-Hispanic white men is greater than in non-Hispanic black men.
- 69% of non-Hispanic black women are
overweight or obese compared to 58% of non-Hispanic black men.
- 62% of non-Hispanic white men are overweight
or obese compared to 47% of non-Hispanic white women.
- However, when looking at obesity alone
(BMI greater than 30), slightly more non-Hispanic white women are obese
compared to non-Hispanic white men (23%; 21%).
- For all racial and ethnic groups combined,
women of lower socio-economic status (income less than 130 percent of
poverty threshold) are approximately 50% more likely to be obese than
those of higher socioeconomic status.
- Mexican American boys tend to have a
higher prevalence of overweight than non-Hispanic black or non-Hispanic
- Non-Hispanic black girls tend to have
a higher prevalence of overweight than Mexican American or non-Hispanic
- Non-Hispanic white adolescents from
lower income families experience a greater prevalence of overweight
than those from higher income families.
SOURCE: Surgeon General, Official Recommendations.
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No matter how much excess weight or fat you have, if you want to lose
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