We know that collectively Americans have packed on the pounds, but how much and how fast body weight has increased is simply shocking! Below you will find a short presentation on the rise of obesity in America, several relevant stats about U.S. obesity, and some links and resources for more information.
U.S. Obesity Trends: From 1985 to the Present (Must See!)
My jaw dropped when I saw the following presentation which shows the prevalence of obesity in each state since 1985. Notice how the colors change from blue to red, which indicates a shift from less than 15% obesity rate to over 30%. Just click the arrow to the right of the presentation to get started and click through each slide.
Let’s take a closer look at the stats shown in this presentation1:
U.S. Obesity Facts & Stats
For more information on how obesity is measured, see the next section.
How is Obesity Measured?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height and is an indicator of body fatness for most people, but is not a perfect predictor of body fatness. BMI is calculated by taking weight in kilograms dividing by the square of height in metres (kg/m2 ). For more on BMI, it’s reliability, and a BMI calculator, see Ideal Body Weight Formula.
What do you think of these stats and the presentation?
- Overweight and Obesity. CDC. 2012. ↩
- Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db82. Accessed February 10, 2013. ↩
- Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db50.pdf. Accessed February 10, 2013. ↩
- Flegal K, Carroll M, Ogden C, Curtin. Prevalence and Trends in Obesity Among US Adults, 1999-2008. Clinician’s Corner. 2010. ↩