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American Big-olo: Obese now Outnumber the Overweight

American Big-olo: Obese now Outnumber the Overweight: Via Flickr user Tony Alter.

Via Flickr user Tony Alter.

In America, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the fat are getting fatter. A new report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine claims that in the United States, overweight adults are now outnumbered by obese adults.

I can think of at least one person who is happy about this.

Researchers found that 67.6 million Americans were obese, while only 65.2 million were overweight.

Women were much more likely to be obese than overweight, with 37% of women in the former category and 30% in the latter. Altogether, two out every three women in the U.S. were above a normal weight.

The proportion of men who were obese was almost as high as women – 35%. But that figure was lower than the 40% of men who were in the overweight zone. With both groups combined, three out of four men in the U.S. exceeded a normal weight.

Racially, African Americans were the most likely to be obese, with 37 percent of black males and 57 percent of black females having a body mass index of 30 or higher. White Americans were somewhat lower, with 35 percent of men and 43 percent of women qualifying as obese. Mexican-American men and women came in at 38 percent and 43 percent, respectively. And no one bothered to figure out obesity among Asian Americans, which is either insulting or complimentary, depending on how you look at it.

Given the fact that obesity is linked to various chronic health conditions, someone needs to step up and figure out a solution to American’s collective weight problem. However, that someone won’t be me. I’m too busy investing in the company that manufactures Rascal Personal Mobility Scooters.

(Source: The Los Angeles Times)


Jason Mathews is Internetting way too hard. Follow him at @jasonmathews316.

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