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The US has the fattest population of all time!! Around two thirds of the population is overweight or obese. At ObesityEpidemic.Org, we are here to educate, legislate, and reverse the fattening up trend. Please feel free to exchange ideas or suggestions by emailing : admin@obesityepidemic.org

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Obesity Statistics

Statistics have shown that the overweight and obese population is skyrocketing upwards. This has been especially true over the last twenty years. Today, more than sixty percent of the population is overweight or obese. It seems that just about everybody is getting fat or trying to lose weight. Less than a third of the US population is at an ideal weight. Some reports estimate that at any time about 50% of women are trying to lose weight and about 25% of men. The data varies based on what study was done and what year it was in. However, no matter what study you look at, it is clear that the US has a big problem with being overweight and obese.

Obesity and the IRHSA/ASD Statistics

1- 3.8 million Americans carry over 300 pounds

2- The average adult woman weighs in at a precipitous 163!

3- Finally, and shockingly, 400,000 Americans (mostly men) are super over obese and fall into the 400+ pound category

BHSS – Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

According to the data from a study of the American population.

25.6% of people are obese.

26.4% of men are obese and 24.8% of women are obese.

Obesity rates are higher for older people. For ages 18-29 year olds 19.1 % are obese. For the age group of 50-59 years, obesity rates are 31.7% for men and 30.2% for women. It seems like the study would have a range for all ages, but it doesn't appear to be the case.

The most obese race is black. 39% of Black women are obese and 32.1% of black men are obese.

Geographically obesity is the strongest in the South (27.3%) followed by the Midwest (26.5%) and lowest in the Northeast (24.4%) and in the West (23.1%).

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

According to a 1999-200 study, more than 64% of US adults are overweight or obese. The NHANES claims that the rate is so high due to a shocking twenty year trend that is skyrocketing upward.

NHANES did a similar study in a 1976-1980 study and found that 15% were obese and that 47% of people were obese or overweight. You can see from this that the rates have gone up by about 17% from the late seventies.

NHANES did another study in the years 1988-1994 and found that 23% of people were obese and that 54% of the US population was either overweight or obese.

It is believed that these statistics are under reported because the information is gathered by NHANES from telephone interviews and not from actual measurements.

National Center For Health Statistics

If you look at the time period 1988-1994 and compare it with 2003-2004, there was a 8% increase in being overweight for 2-5 year olds and for 6-11 year olds. For the age group 12-19, overweight percentages increase by 6%.

Office of the Surgeon General

Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese in adulthood. The chance increases to 80% if one or both of the parents are overweight or obese. This statistic screams the power of example. If you have children, it is up to you to set the example and be lean.

Since many children are becoming more overweight, The Surgeon General points at that type 2 diabetes is moving into young children. Diabetes type 2 was thought, for years, to be a chronic disease for only adults. Scientists think that it is related to children being overweight. Today, about 15% of children are overweight.

Here is the link to the Surgeon General's obesity advice and statistics page: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_adolescents.htm











 


 

 

 


 

 

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