Thursday, July 31, 2008

Obesity to Creeps up in U.S. Adults

There is a new problem that facing U.S., the obesity continued to creep up in the U.S last year and now it has influenced more than one in four U.S. adults.

Obesity was highest for non-Hispanic black women, nearly four in 10 of whom were obese. In Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, nearly one in three adults was obese. Mississippi is the poorest U.S. state, had the highest rate of obesity in the U.S., at 32%. Colorado was the only state in which obesity was running at less than 19% and had the lowest rate of obesity at 18.7%.

According to a report issued last year by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the percentage of obese adults more than doubled in the past 25 years across the U.S., growing from 15 percent in 1978-80 to 32 percent in 2003-04.

According to the data issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2005, about 23.9% of adults in the United States had a body mass index (calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilos by his or her height squared in meters) greater than 30, or obese, while in 2007, the percentage had grown to 25.6%.

University graduates were the least likely to be obese, around 22% compared with 29% of people who only obtained a high school diploma.

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1 comment:

Reverend X said...

It ain't creepin'. It's wadling around, sweaty, with bad knees and bitchin' bout the heat... lol. And anything under 30% seems like a really conservative number..I'd say closer to 40% are rotund around here.

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