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Obesity Data/Statistics

Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. From 1980 to 2008, the prevalence of obesity among adults in the U.S. more than doubled (from 15% to 34%). For children, the percentage rate more than tripled (from 5% to 17%) during the same time period.1 Among adults, overweight and obesity are associated with increased mortality rates, as well as elevated risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.2 Obesity is of particular concern for our children, since overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.2


Quick Facts
  • In 2011, African American women were 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders are 30% times more likely to be obese than the overall Asian American population.
  • In 2009- 2010 Mexican American children, between the ages 6 and 17, were 60% more likely to be overweight then non- Hispanic White Children.
  • American Indian/Alaskan Natives are 60 percent more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic whites.

Statistics on African Americans and Obesity.

Statistics on American Indians/Alaska Natives and Obesity.

Statistics on Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and Obesity.

Statistics on Hispanic Americans and Obesity.

Statistics on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and Obesity.


1The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation, 2010.

2U.S. Surgeon General. Overweight and Obesity: Health Consequences, 2001. .

Last Modified: 09/06/2012 08:22:00 AM
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