Researchers of the Washington University School of Medicine concluded that two thirds of U.S. population is now either obese or overweight.
Drawing on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) pooled between 2007 and 2012, researchers have found that 75 percent of the male population and 67 percent of female population aged 25 and above fall in one or the other category based on their body mass index (BMI).
Within the male segment of the population, 40 percent, representative of 36.3 million U.S. citizens are overweight. 35 percent or 31.8 million are obese.
The female population presented 30 percent overweight, or 28.9 million, with 37 percent or 35.8 million obese.
The sample data came from a pool of 15,208 U.S. citizens. One of the researchers stated:
“Population-based strategies helping to reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical environment interventions, enhancing primary care efforts to prevent and treat obesity and altering societal norms of behaviour are required”.
The NHANES survey included data concerning both the weight and height of the segment included in the survey. The BMI is calculated based on these two factors as well.
Overall, women are more prone to be obese in their own category. Two out of three women presented a weight above normal levels considering their BMI.
Within the male population, three out of four men pooled are above normal weight levels.
Spread on race and ethnic groups, African American rate first in the male population segment, as well as female, with 39 percent men and 57 percent women being obese. 7 percent of the men and 17 percent of the women in the African American group have a BMI over 40.
Mexican Americans were split in 38 percent of men being obese, as well as 43 percent of women.
Asian Americans were not represented in this research. White Americans showed 35 percent of the male population and 34 percent of the female population falling in the obese category.
The research comes to draw attention once more to the risks posed by a BMI that indicates overweight or obesity.
Type 2 diabetes is just one of the health conditions featuring on a long list of medical concerns. Some cancer types are also triggered by abnormal weights, as well as serious cardiovascular diseases.
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