Obesity StatisticsStatistics 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 SystemAccording to the data from a study of the American population.
25.6% of people are obese.
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.
Here is the link to the Surgeon General's obesity advice and statistics page: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_adolescents.htm