Obesity as a public health crisis

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Human Nutrition, up to 75 percent of the U.S. population will be obese or overweight by 2015 if the trend continues.

Key findings:

  • 66% of U.S. s were overweight or obese in 2003-2004.
  • Women 20–34 years old had the fastest increase rate of obesity and overweight.
  • 80% of black women aged 40 years or over are overweight; 50% are obese.
  • Asians have a lower obesity prevalence when compared to other ethnic groups. However, Asians born in the United States are four times more likely to be obese than their foreign-born counterparts.
  • Less educated people have a higher prevalence of obesity than their counterparts, with the exception of black women.
  • States in the southeast have higher prevalence than states on the West Coast, the Midwest and the Northeast.
  • 16% of children and adolescents are overweight and 34% are at risk of becoming overweight in 2003-2004.
  • White children and adolescents had the lowest prevalence of overweight and being at risk of overweight compared with their black and Mexican counterparts.

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