Nearly one-third of Americans are considered obese, and approximately another third are considered overweight. This makes for a population that has a lot to lose as far as weight but also a lot to gain as far as health advantages.
Shocking Obesity Statistics in America
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that close to one-third of adults in the U.S. are now obese; that compares to 1980, when just one in 10 people were obese, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. However, it is important to note there is a difference between being obese and being overweight and that often those numbers are broken out separately. For example, another third of the U.S. population is overweight, meaning, in total, that some 67 percent of the U.S. adult population is either overweight or obese, according to the CDC (of course, those latest numbers are from 2007-08, so we can be hopeful there have been improvements since then).
An adult’s BMI, or body-mass index, is used to determine where people fall into the overweight or obesity ranges. An adult with a BMI anywhere between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight while those with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese, according to the CDC.