obesity usa

Obesity in US Adults

Obesity in US Adults – Self Reported Data

Prevalence of Obesity Among U.S. Adults

In 2000, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults was 19.8 percent, which reflects a 61 percent increase since 1991. A total of 38.8 million American adults met the classification of obesity, defined as having a body mass index score of 30 or more. (See Fig 1.)

Total Obesity 19.8 per cent
Obesity in Men 20.2 per cent
Obesity in Women 19.4 per cent
Aged 18-29 years 13.5 per cent
Aged 30-39 years 20.2 per cent
Aged 40-49 years 22.9 per cent
Aged 50-59 years 25.6 per cent
Aged 60-69 years 22.9 per cent
Aged 70 + 15.5 per cent

Fig 1. Self-Reported Obesity Data 2000

The total figure of obesity represents an estimated 19.6 million men, 19.2 million women, and increases in obesity rates in nearly every subgroup of the U.S. population.

SOURCE: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

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