U.S. Obesity Rate Jumps Again
America's obesity rate isn't leveling off after all.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that almost four out of 10 Americans suffer from obesity. That's up from 34.9 percent during the period from 2011 to 2012.
The latest obesity report, from 2013 and 2014, found that 37.7 percent of U.S. adults had a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, which qualifies them as obese.
The report also noted that obesity rates seem to be higher for women than men. Close to 38 percent of women have BMI values of 30 or higher, compared to 34 percent of men. Disparities between racial groups were also reported, with the lowest rates of obesity among Asian adults (12 percent), and the highest rates among black adults (48 percent).
Within recent years, specifically between 2003 and 2014, research had suggested that obesity rates among children aged 2 through 17 remained stable - suggesting that the rates were leveling off. But when analyzing the last decade, between 1994 and 2014, data shows that rates of obesity have steadily increased by 24 percent among both adults and children.
The U.S, Department of Health and Human Services has a goal that by 2020 the rate of adult obesity in the U.S. will drop to 30.5 percent and 14.5 percent for children.