A new study published online on June 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than half the US population exceeds what is considered a healthy weight. In fact those who qualify as obese (BMI ≥30.0 now outnumber persons categorized as overweight (BMI, 25.0 to 29.9 ).
The researchers, from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, put the number of overweight men at >36 million and women ~29 million. Another 32 million men and 36 million women are obese, the researchers found.
The report used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey gathered between 2007 and 2012, involving more than 15,000 men and women age 25 and older.
The slides above are a snapshot of the results which also highlight ethnic differences in the ongoing super-sizing of America.
This work was funded by the Washington University School of Medicine Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Center, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Siteman Cancer Center, grant number U54 CA155496; The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Yang L, Colditz GA. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012 [research letter]. JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 22, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2405