Thursday, March 8, 2012

Prevalence of Obesity in the United States 2009-2010

The Prevalence of Obesity in the United States 2009-2010 report by CDC is currently available.  This report presents the most recent national estimates of obesity in the United States based on measured weight and height.  Some key findings from the study show are: 1. more than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010, 2.  there was no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults or children from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010, 3.  Obesity prevalence did not differ between men and women, 4. adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults.

  • QuickStats: Prevalence of Obesity Among Persons Aged 12-19 Years, by Race, Ethnicity and Sex: 
  • The figure shows the prevalence of obesity among persons aged 12-19 years, by race/ethnicity and sex in the United States during 2009-2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. During 2009-2010, 19.6% of males and 17.1% of females aged 12-19 years were obese. More than one quarter (26.5%) of Hispanic males were obese, compared with 22.6% of non-Hispanic black males and 17.5% of non-Hispanic white males. Prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black females (24.8%) than among non-Hispanic white females (14.7%); 19.8% of Hispanic females were obese.
    * Obesity defined as body mass index (weight [kg] / height [m]2) ≥95th sex- and age-specific percentile from the 2000 CDC growth charts.
    95% confidence interval.

    During 2009–2010, 19.6% of males and 17.1% of females aged 12–19 years were obese. More than one quarter (26.5%) of Hispanic males were obese, compared with 22.6% of non-Hispanic black males and 17.5% of non-Hispanic white males. Prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black females (24.8%) than among non-Hispanic white females (14.7%); 19.8% of Hispanic females were obese.

    More information available at:   MMWR QuickStats

    2 comments:

    1. Where can I find the most recent Overweight and Obesity stats. for Colorado counties, including children. I keep seeing and hearing different figures and really need (for a grant on healthy living) the real numbers. Can you help please?

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      1. Hi pbw - I can help you track down some numbers and put you in touch with our epi, planning and eval team to see how we can help. Send me an email at brandon.williams@state.co.us (I am the Public Info Officer w/Prevention Services Division at CDPHE) and we'll see what we can do! Brandon

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