October 23, 2017
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.