Looking at gender, women are up slightly, and men are down. Rates for men did not differ from women, except for in blacks. Fifty-seven percent of black women were obese, compared to 37% of men of the same race.
Looking at race, for black adults, the obesity rate is 48% putting that group solidly in the “almost half” range. Wow. Half of adult black Americans are obese, compared with 33% of whites and just 11% of Asians. By prevalence, the largest numbers of obese persons are white (50 million plus). Another wow.Looking at age, middle-aged adults ages 40-59 had the highest rates, followed by younger adults 20-39.
This table presents a summary of the latest data.
|Group||Obesity Rate %|
Alarming enough is that the prevalence of obesity among adults continues to be greater than one-third of the US population. Where are our role models for children?