Shocking U.S. Obesity Trends: Facts & Stats
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 presentation:
# of States with Greater than 20% Obesity: 1990 = 0, 2000 = 22, 2010 = 50
By state, obesity prevalence, on the basis of self-report, ranged from 21% in Colorado to 34% in Mississippi in 2010. Twelve states had a prevalence of 30% or more.
The South has the highest obesity prevalence (29.4%) followed by the Midwest (28.7%), Northeast (24.9%) and the West (24.1%).
In 2010, 12 states had higher than 30% obesity rate, so what will 2020 look like? Will that number double to 24 states with obesity rate of 30% or above?
U.S. Obesity Facts & Stats
For more information on how obesity is measured, see the next section.
34% of American adults are obese (BMI greater than 30)34% of American adults are overweight (BMI greater than 25)
Over 50% of American adults who are considered “normal weight” carry an unhealthy amount of body fat, which is clinically referred to as normal weight obesity.”
In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payers for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
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?