Obesity in U.S. Adults Levels Off
1 in 3 Adults Is Obese, the Same as 4 Years Ago, CDC Says
WebMD News Archive
Nov. 28, 2007 -- America's obesity boom may be leveling off. But that plateau is
still far higher than a quarter of a century ago and twice as high as the CDC
wants it to be.
The CDC today reported that one in three U.S. adults was obese in 2005-2006,
the same as in 2003-2004.
Those obesity statistics work out to more than 72 million obese adults,
according to the CDC.
Those calculations are based on BMI (body
mass index), which relates height to weight. In adults, a BMI of 30 or more
is considered obese.
For instance, a woman who's 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 186 pounds or
more is obese, based on her BMI. So is a man who's 5 feet 9 inches tall and
weighs 203 pounds or more.
Curious about your BMI? Use WebMD's BMI
The CDC's statistics on obesity also show that about two-thirds of obese
U.S. adults say their doctor has told them that they are
But "obese" and "overweight" aren't the same. Obesity
involves a higher BMI than the threshold for being overweight.
Jargon aside, the CDC's obesity statistics make this clear: The U.S. has a
long way to go to trim its obesity statistics and a short time to get
By 2010, the federal government wants no more than 15% of U.S. adults to be
Adult obesity is twice as common as it was in 1980, and it makes conditions
disease, type 2
diabetes, high blood
pressure (hypertension), and some cancers more likely, notes the CDC.
If you're among the millions of people who want to lose extra weight --
maybe as your New Year's resolution -- check in with your doctor for pointers
on safe, lasting weight