Americans Overweight and Obese Swells
Number of American
Overweight and Obese
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) So many more Americans are becoming overweight or obese. They are exercising less and eating unhealthy foods. That’s the latest finding of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. It reveals that 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese in 2009.
This reflects about a 1% increase from 62.2% the year before. Overall 36.6% of Americans were found to be overweight and 26.5% obese.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index findings are based on telephone interviews conducted with 673,000 adults between 2008 and 2009.
What the obesity survey found ….. those who are overweight or obese will:
- Exercise less -
- Eat less fresh fruits and veggies
- View their Meals Less Positively
Compared to 73.8% normal weight and 69.9% overweight individuals, 59.2% of obese Americans exercised 1 or more days per week,
Eat less fruits and vegetables
Obese people are least likely to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 3-7 days a week. Weight group stats of those who ate 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables at least 3x a week
- 71.6% normal
- 69% underweight
- 68.9% overweight
- 67.2% obese
Obesity Study’s disease-related findings
- High blood pressure, 46.2% were obese, 31.1% were overweight, 19.3% were of normal weight, and 17.2% underweight.
- High cholesterol, 36.8% were obese, 30.1% overweight, 19.2% normal weight, and 14.1% underweight.
- Diabetes, 21.1% were obese, 9.8% overweight, 5% normal weight, and 4.2% underweight.
- Heart attacks, 6.3% were obese, 4.8% overweight, 3.3% normal weight, and 4.4% underweight.
- Depression, 23.3% were obese, 15.3% overweight, 15% normal weight, and 20% underweight.
Obesity study’s ethnic findings
- African-Americans were among the most likely to be obese, with 36.2%,
- Hispanics, with 28.3%
- Asians are far less likely to be obese, with 9.6%
- Average American, with 26.5%.
Obesity study’s age/sex findings
- 18.3% of young Americans are obese
- 27.6% between ages 30-44
- 30.6% among 45- to 64-year-olds.
- 24.2% among 65 and over
- Men are more likely than women to be obese, 27.8% compared to 25.2%.
Ultimately the survey shows that obesity is still on the rise.
Defining Normal, Overweight and Obese
Body mass index (BMI) is a common measure of body fat based on height and weight. (Calculate your body mass index at www.webmd.com/diet/calc-bmi-plus.) A BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese, overweight if it’s between 25-29.9, normal if it’s 18.5-24.9, and underweight if it’s less than 18.5.
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