US adult obesity figures released, 1999-2010

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.


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