Over Two-Thirds Now Obese or Overweight, Study

A report published in JAMA Internal Medicine journal says that obese American adults are now bigger in number than those who are overweight.

According to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, there were approximately 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 who were categorized as obese in 2012, while 65.2 million Americans were overweight. The tally was based on data gathered between 2007 and 2012, an undertaking for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that’s being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NHANES records included data on weight and height, factors that are used in calculating the body mass index (BMI) of an individual. A BMI that ranges between 18.5 and 24.9 is classified as normal. An individual with a BMI in the 25-to-29.9 range is categorized as overweight, and a BMI that’s over 30 classifies that individual as obese.

Further, according to the study, females tend to become obese than overweight. Also, two out every three female adults in the U.S. exceed the normal weight.

The case is almost similar with males, which range was 35% compared to females at 37%. But that statistics was lower than males who were in the overweight category which was 40%. Altogether, three out of four adult males in the U.S. are above the normal weight.

Ranking highest in obesity rates were African Americans, with 39% males and 57% females. Based on the findings, 17% of black females and 7% of black males suffer from extreme obesity.

Meanwhile, among Mexican Americans, 38% of males and 43% of females were categorized as obese. For white-skinned, 35% males and 34% females.

The researchers have no data for Asian Americans, who in previous NHANES had been under-sampled.
The data could be compared for younger people (25 to 54) and older adults (50 and upwards), the study further stated.

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2.8 million people die each year due to being overweight or obese.