U.S. Adult Obesity Rate Hits Highest Rate Ever Recorded – Club Industry


Posted: September 28, 2020 at 4:58 am

The U.S. adult obesity rate is now 42.4 percent, passing the 40 percent mark for the first time recorded, according toState of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. The report was released Sept. 17 by Trust for Americas Health (TFAH) and compiles data from various sources including newly released 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BFRSS).

The national adult obesity rate has increased by 26 percent since 2008. An adult is considered obese if they have a BMI of 30 or above.

The report provides an annual snapshot of rates of overweight and obesity nationwide including by age, race and state of residence. And the significance of the obesity rate is greater today than perhaps ever due to obesity being one factor that can make contraction of COVID-19 more fatal, according to various studies.

Men had an obesity rate of 43 percent while womens rate was 41.9 percent. Broken down by race, whites have a 42.2 percent obesity rate while Blacks are at 49.6 percent, Latinx are at 44.8 percent and Asians are at 17.4 percent. When broken down by race and gender, Black women had the highest obesity rate at 56.9 percent followed by Latinx women at 43.7 percent, white women at 39.8 percent and Asian women at 17.2 percent. Among men, Latinx men had the highest obesity rate at 45.7 percent followed by white men at 44.7 percent, Black men at 41.1 percent and Asian men at 17.5 percent. Because the size of the Indigenous population is small, many national surveys do not report data on this group, according to the report, but some data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey found the rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives to be 38.1 percent.

Individuals with less education are more likely to be obese, according to the report. Adults that did not graduate from high school had obesity rate of 35.6 percent, according to the BFRSS. That compares to 22.7 percent for college graduates.

Rural communities have adult obesity rates that are 19 percent higher than in metro areas, and rural areas also had higher levels of chronic disease associated with obesity than in metro areas, according to BFRSS data.

Childhood obesity rates are also increasing with the latest data showing that 19.3 percent of people, ages 2 to 19, have obesity. In the mid-1970s, 5.5 percent of children were obese. Being overweight or having obesity as a young person puts children at higher risk for having obesity and its related health risks as an adult. In addition to this increase, children are exhibiting earlier onset of what used to be considered adult conditions, including hypertension and high cholesterol.

Obesity rates vary between states and regions of the country. Mississippi has the highest adult obesity rate in the country at 40.8 percent, and Colorado has the lowest at 23.8 percent. Twelve states have adult rates above 35 percent:

As recently as 2012, no state had an adult obesity rate above 35 percent. In 2000, no state had an adult obesity rate above 25 percent.

The report includes recommendations on how best to address the obesity crisis. The recommendations are grounded in the need for a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary approach, and a focus on those population groups that are disproportionately affected by the obesity crisis.

The reports recommendation include to:

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