Overweight and Obesity Facts and Statistics


Obesity is a condition associated with having excess body fat. It is classified as having a body mass index of thirty or greater. Adult obesity chart shows that three decades ago, the obesity rate for adults was 15%. Today the rate has more than doubled to 35%. At the same time, calories consumed by adults has risen from 1996 to 2234 a day.

Obesity related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These are some of the leading causes of preventable death. The estimated annual health care costs of obesity related illness are $190.2 Billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Obesity related job absenteeism cost 4.3 Billion annually and obese people spend 42% more on health care cost than healthy weight people. Obesity pictures show us that African-Americans have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity at 47.8% followed by Hispanics at 42.5%, Caucasians at 32.6% and Asians at 10.8%.

Obesity facts show that there’s no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women however, there’s a trend. Those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women. Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low income women.

The United States is the eighth fattest country in the world according to the Obese Chart, with 31.8% of the population being overweight. The top three fattest countries are Egypt with 33.6%, Saudi Arabia with 35.2%, and Kuwait with 42.8 %. The fattest States in the United States are Delaware with 34.3% of its population being obese, West Virginia with 34.4 % and Mississippi with 35.4%. While Obesity is a major health and economic issue, recent studies have shown that childhood obesity among 2–5 year olds has gone down from 14% in 2004 to 8.4% in 2012.