Obesity Statistics

Obesity Trends

Obesity is on the rise in the United States. In fact, a lot of people are calling it "an obesity epidemic." Looking at the statistics since 1988 may explain this belief.
 
Table 1. Age-adjusted prevalence of overweight and obesity among U.S. adults, age 20 years and over, shown as a percentage:
 
 
 
NHANES III
(1988-94)
(n=16,679)
NHANES
(1999-2000)
(n=4,117)
NHANES
(2001-02) (n=4,413)
NHANES**
(2003-04) (n=4,431)
Overweight or obese (BMI greater than or equal to 25.0)
56.0
64.5
65.7
66.3
Obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30.0)
22.9
30.5
30.6
32.2
 
Even more worrisome is the rapid increase in childhood obesity and teenage obesity, which in 40 years has increased by four times.
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