CBS reports that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the average weight of the American woman in 2015 is 166.2 pounds, or, roughly equivalent to the weight of the average American man in 1960.
The CDC data shows that both sexes have gained almost an inch in height from the 1960s, which factors into some of the overall weight gain. But women have seen an 18.5 percent increase in weight gain from 1960 and men have shown a 17.6 percent increase in overall weight gain.
This trend falls in line with across-the-board surges in obesity over the past few decades, with one-third of U.S. adults considered to be obese, and one in five American children showing signs of obesity. American men of today weigh nearly two times as much as women of the 1960s, clocking in at an average 195.5 pounds and a waistline of about 40 inches.
A 2012 study published in the journal MBC Public Health finds that Americans are now the world’s third-heaviest people, trailing only the Pacific Island countries of Tonga and Micronesia. The average U.S. adult is 33 pounds heavier than the average Frenchman and 70 pounds heavier than the average Bangladeshi citizen. To compile a ton of total mass, it would require only 12.2 Americans in a room versus 20 average citizens of Bangladesh.
To Micronesia’s credit, it’s been able to do so without hot-dog pizzas, so, kudos.
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