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Obesity & Overweight Statistics

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Let’s review some data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) regarding Obesity & Overweight Statistics.

The current percentage of adults ranked as obese stands at 34%. Keep in mind that 34% represents obesity - not overweight. When overweight is factored into the Weight Equation, about 70% of the American public is experiencing issues with weight.

Let’s look at the definitions of ‘obese’ and ‘overweight’. Both states of ‘obesity’ and ‘overweight’ should be determined by body composition assessments rather than based on a weight scale or chart - which generally means that a trip to your personal doctor’s office should be in the works. Let’s look at the definitions of Obesity and Overweight.

Definition of Obese & Obesity: When body fat accumulates to 30% and above recommended body weight.

Definition of Overweight: Based on a standard form of measurement such as BMI, body height or a recommended weight chart based on specific governing factors. Weight will be slightly over the recommended standards.

As mentioned above, the current percentage of adults ranked as obese stands at 34%. Let’s dig deeper into the facts:

- Males age 20-74 of all races and ethnicity are 72.6% either overweight or obese. In the early 1960’s only 49.5% of American males were either overweight or obese.

Females age 20-74 of all races and ethnicity are 61.2% either overweight or obese. In the early 1960’s only 40.2% of American women were either overweight or obese.

- Males age 75+ of all races and ethnicity are 65.8% either overweight or obese. Females age 75+ of all races and ethnicity are 62.6% either overweight or obese.

When the Weight Factors are broken down by ethnicity, the numbers change:

- White American males age 20-74 are currently 72.1% either overweight or obese. White American females age 20-74 are currently 57.4% either overweight or obese.

- Black American males age 20-74 are currently 72% either overweight or obese. Black American females age 20-74 are currently 80.5% either overweight or obese.

- Mexican American males age 20-74 are currently 77.3% either overweight or obese. Mexican American females age 20-74 are currently 74.4% either overweight or obese.

In the early 1960’s, it was virtually unheard of for an American child from age 2-5 to be obese. Let’s race to the data base of 2008 where more than 10% of the children in this age bracket are ranked as obese.

In the early 1960’s, the obesity rating for an American child age 6-11 was about 4%. Fast-forward to 2008 and the percentage equals almost 20%.

In the early 1960’s, the obesity rating for an American adolescent age 12-19 was 4.6%. In 2008 - over 18%.

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