The latest numbers in the American obesity epidemic were released in this month’s issue of JAMA.
Here’s the one bit of good news:
– American women, overall, aren’t getting any bigger than they were during the last study, which looked at the 1999-2008 data, but 35.8% of US women still fit the BMI-derived definitions for obesity. The average age-adjusted BMI was 27.3
The bad news:
– More American men are obese than before, with 35.5% nationwide (more than one-third) being obese. Average age-adjusted BMI was 28.7.
By comparison, in England, the prevalence of obesity is considerably less: 22.1% for men, and 23.9% for women.