July 26, 2014
No Change in Overall Obesity Rates
Wellness Tip

No Change in Overall Obesity Rates

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

There was no change in overall obesity rates in the U.S. during the past decade: 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of young people (ages 1 to 19) are obese, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Good news: Among children ages 2 to 5, the obesity rate has dropped from 14 percent in 2003 to 8 percent in 2012.

Bad news: During this time, the obesity rate among women ages 60 and older rose from 31 percent to 38 percent.

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 30; BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height.