Obesity Rates & Trends Overview

  1. More than a third of adults (34.9 percent) were obese as of 2011 to 2012. More than two-
    thirds of adults were overweight or obese (68.6 percent).
  2. Nearly 40 percent of middle-aged adults, ages 40 to 59, were obese (39.5 percent), which was more than younger adults, ages 20 to 39 (30.3 percent) or older adults, ages 60 and over (35.4 percent).
  3. Obesity rates were highest among Black (47.8 percent) adults, followed by Latino (42.5 percent) and White (32.6 percent) adults and lowest among Asian American (10.8 perfect) adults.



  1. Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers (ages 2 to 19) were obese from 2011 to 2012, and 31.8 percent were either overweight or obese.
  2. By ages 12 to 19, 20.5 percent of children and adolescents were obese.
  3. Racial and ethnic inequities persist among children also; 22.5 percent of Latino children and 20.2 percent of Black children are obese, compared to 14.1 percent of non-Latino White and 6.8 percent of Asian-American children.

Stabilizing — At a High Rate


  1. Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. From 2005 to 2006 to 2011 to 2012, rates remained the same.8 The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960.


  1. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980.10 The overall rates have remained the same for the past 10 years.1

Some cohorts stable, some rising

  1. While rates have remained stable among girls, regardless of race or ethnicity, rates have continued to increase among men and boys and Black and Mexican American women.


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