Skip to comments.Obese Americans now outweigh the merely overweight
Posted on 01/09/2009 4:09:44 PM PST by traumer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of obese American adults outweighs the number of those who are merely overweight, according to the latest statistics from the federal government.
Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight. It said just under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.
"More than one-third of adults, or over 72 million people, were obese in 2005-2006, the NCHS said in its report.
The numbers are based on a survey of 4,356 adults over the age of 20 who take part in a regular government survey of health, said the NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The figures come from the 2005-2006 survey and are the most current available.
"During the physical examination, conducted in mobile examination centers, height and weight were measured as part of a more comprehensive set of body measurements," the NCHS report said.
"Although the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled since 1980, the prevalence of overweight has remained stable over the same time period," it said.
Obesity and overweight are calculated using a formula called body mass index. BMI is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Someone with a BMI of 25 to 29 is classified as overweight, 30 to 40 counts as obese and people with BMIs of 40 or more are morbidly obese.
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would someone just invent a PILL..........PLEASE!
I am astounded as to how people can allow themselves to get so fat.
Life is tough here in America! Just ask any Commie DemocRAT or one of their toadies in the MSM. They’ll tell ya! Americans may be fat but they all “go to bed hungry EVERY NIGHT” and it’s the Republicans’ fault.
Been to Vegas lately? It’s a cattle call.
These are just round figures.
(actually - there are 2 fat guys...)
You, sirs, have been raised
It’s not nice to have fun at the expanse of the overweight. ;]
I concede! Please, stop!
We’re number one! We’re number one!
I'll Show You!!!!
These pics in this thread are better than any form of birth control out there.
So the real fat is taking over the regular fat? I saw some article where the leftist reporter was wringing her hands over the possiblity that a looming recession would make obesity worse. Still too counterintuitive for me - just put down the fork and be done with it.
Or this one?
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