Blog | Monday, October 21, 2013

QD: News Every Day--Obesity rates unchanged in recent years


The prevalence of obesity among adults did not change between 2009-2010 and 2011-2012, the CDC reported.

More than 78 million adults, or nearly 35% of the population, were obese in 2011-2012, with no significant change among either men or women from the years 2009-2010, the agency reported based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

In 2011-2012, 33.5% of men were obese, compared with 35.5% in 2009-2010. Among women, the obesity rate was 36.1% in 2011-2012 and 35.8% in 2009-2010.

Other reported obesity rates included:
• In 2011-2012, the prevalence of obesity was higher among middle-aged adults (39.5%) than among younger (30.3%) or older (35.4%) adults.
• Among non-Hispanic black adults, 56.6% of women were obese compared with 37.1% of men.
• In 2011-2012, the prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black (47.8%), Hispanic (42.5%), and non-Hispanic white (32.6%) adults than among non-Hispanic Asian adults (10.8%).