Obesity in the US Fast Facts
(CNN) Here’s a look at obesity in the United States. Obesity is achieved when a person reaches a particular body mass index (BMI).
Adults with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, while adults with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese.
Obesity can increase the risk of several types of medical issues including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other diseases.
Obesity effects 37.9% of American adults over 20.
The annual medical costs for obesity in the United States is $147 million annually (in 2008 dollars), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The groups with the highest rate of obesity are non-Hispanic blacks (48.1%), Hispanics (42.5%) and non-Hispanic whites (34.5%).
In 2014, no state had an obesity rate below 20%. In Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia, 35% or more of the population is obese.
2005-2011 – The USDA introduces the dietary system: MyPyramid Food Guidance System. A more simplified version of the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid, it recommends portion control and physical exercise as part of a healthy life style to combat obesity.
June 2, 2011 – MyPlate replaces USDA food pyramid as the national effort to combat obesity continues. The dietary guidelines are displayed as portions of food on a plate instead of a three-dimensional pyramid.
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