In Eight Years, Seventy-Five Percent of Americans Will Be Overweight

| Aug 18, 2007

America is fat now, but we'll be even fatter later. According to a meta-analysis of twenty studies and four national surveys, 75 percent of us will be overweight, and 41 percent of those will be downright obese, by the year 2015. Even our children, nearly a quarter of them, will be overweight or obese by then.

The meta-analysis, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Human Nutrition, found that full-on obesity increased from 13 percent to 32 percent between the 1960s and 2004. By 2004, 66 percent of us were either overweight or obese. And we're not slowing down.

The authors of the meta-analysis looked at who was getting fat fastest, and they found that it's women between the ages of 20 and 34. Eighty percent of African-American women aged forty and over are already overweight, and fifty percent of those are obese. Less educated people are more likely to be obese than others.

American Asians are less obese than other ethnic groups, but they're still four times as likely to be fat as those born in Asia. And the Southeast is the most rotund region of the U.S.

The review authors noted that if nothing is done about our collective fattening, obesity could soon become the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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