Adult obesity prevalence by state and territory using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Hispanics (47.0%) and non-Hispanic blacks (46.8%) had the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity, followed by non-Hispanic whites (37.9%) and non-Hispanic Asians. The longer a person is obese, the more significant obesity-related risk factors become. Given the chronic diseases and conditions associated with obesity, and the fact that obesity is difficult to treat, prevention is extremely important.
Adult Obesity Facts What are the latest statistics on adult obesity in the United States? Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity How is adult obesity measured? Causes and Consequences What contributes to overweight and obesity? What are the health risks? Adult BMI Calculator Use the Adult BMI calculator for adults ages 20 years old and older. Evidence shows that obesity prevention policy and environmental change efforts should focus on facilitating a handful of key behaviors: This section of the website summarizes promising strategies for obesity prevention, based on a review of expert guidance from major governmental, professional, and public health advocacy organizations.
Obesity has long been viewed as an individual problem, treated primarily by individual or family-based medical and/or psychological methods. As noted in Chapter 1, the expansion of the obesity epidemic to affect diverse age groups, socioeconomic strata, and racial or ethnic groups and communities in the United States and globally has caused a paradigm shift toward preventive strategies that Author: Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Lynn Parker, Leslie J. Sim. Obesity Prevention and Control THE PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE Obesity is common, serious, and costly z About 36% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents are obese.1 z Obesity affects all race/ethnicity groups, with higher rates among African-American and Hispanic children and adults.3, 4 z An estimated 1 in 8 preschool children from low income households is obese.5.