Over Weight - Facts about Obesity
More than 60% of us today are suffering from unnecessary accumulation of body fat which we commonly call Obesity or Overweight.

On a standard height-weight table, all non-muscular people who weigh 20 per cent or more over the mid point of their weight range are considered as Obese or Fat. This fact is exemplified more by the following table -

Height
Weight Range
BMI
Considered

 

5' 9"

124 lbs or less
Below 18.5
Under weight
125 lbs - 168 lbs
18.5 - 24.9
Heavy weight
169 lbs - 202 lbs
25.0 - 29.9
Over weight
203 lbs or more
30 or higher
Obese

In the United States, about 1/4 of the adults possessing a BMI of 30, are considered as Obese.

All Adults
20 + years old
39.8 million
22.3%
Women
20 + years old
23 million
25%
Men
20 + years old
16.8 million
19.5%

The recent trend however indicates that Obesity is unevenly distributed among the general U.S. mass.

 

 

BMI >:25
Overweight

BMI >:30
Obese

BMI >: 40
Morbidly Obese

African American

Male

60%

29%

4%

 

Female

78%

50%

15%

Mexican American

Male

74%

29%

2%

 

Female

72%

40%

6%

White American

Male

68%

28%

3%

 

Female

58%

31%

5%

We generally find that a fattening tendency in the childhood culminates into obesity in the later stages of life in most of the cases.

There is a remarkable growth in childhood obesity found in just 3 decades of a child's life.

The infantile fat growing tendency between the age groups of 6 to 11 years shows an increment from 4% to 13%, where as from 12 to 19 years of age, it is from 5% to 14%.

Not just this, being obese at the age of 6 years has a 50% possibility of life-long obesity, where as at 13 years of age, the possibility is 75%.

This increasing trend of obesity in most current age groups, both male and female, is really alarming! We have to handle the situation cautiously with an aim to eliminate it completely from our society.

Source:

1 Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, National Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Based on data from NHS II (1963-1965), NHS III (1966-1970), NHANES I (1971-1974) and NHANES II (1976-1980).

2 American Obesity Association; Obesity in Minority population; Available at http://www.obesity.org/subs/fastfacts /Obesity_Minority_Pop.shtml ;
Last updated October 26, 2004.

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