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Obesity Statistics

Female patient measuring her waist with measuring tapeObesity is at an all-time high. In the United States, approximately 36 percent of the population is overweight. Globally, more than one in ten individuals suffer from obesity. Because obesity poses a number of serious health risks, it is important to understand the numbers behind this unfortunate trend.

Here, our surgical team discusses obesity statistics in the United States and across the globe. At our Tijuana, MX practice, we offer different types of bariatric surgery to help patients achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Defining Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that obesity is characterized by a BMI of 30 or higher. This disease is further divided into three classes:

  • Class I: BMI between 30 and 34
  • Class II: BMI between 35 and 39
  • Class III: BMI of 40 or higher (categorized as severe or extreme obesity)

Obesity by Gender

As aforementioned, about 36 percent of Americans are overweight. In the United States:

  • 38.7 percent of men are considered overweight.
  • 35 percent of men are considered obese.
  • 5.5 percent of men are considered extremely obese.
  • 26.5 percent of women are considered overweight.
  • 40.4 percent of women are considered obese.
  • 9.9 percent of women are considered extremely obese.

Obesity by Ethnicity

Over the past several decades, all ethnic groups have witnessed an increase in obesity. The most current research studies report that African-Americans have the highest prevalence of obesity, while Hispanic and Caucasian populations follow closely behind.

Obesity by Age

Statistically, individuals between the ages of 40 and 49 are more likely to be overweight. 40.2 percent of people in that age group are considered obese in the United States. 32.3 percent of those aged 20 to 39 are obese, while 37 percent of those over 60 are considered overweight.

Obesity among Children

One 2016 research study assessed 40,780 children and adolescents between the ages of two and 19. Overall, 17 percent of participants were obese and 5.8 percent of these individuals suffered from extreme obesity.

Global Statistics on Obesity

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that global obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. In years past, this disease was more prevalent in high-income countries.

Currently, however, obesity is on the rise in low- and middle-income countries as well. In fact, many individuals in these countries are suffering from malnutrition and obesity simultaneously.

The countries with the highest prevalence of obesity include:

  1. Nauru
  2. Cook Islands
  3. Palau
  4. Marshall Islands
  5. Tuvalu
  6. Niue
  7. Tonga
  8. Samoa
  9. Kiribati
  10. Micronesia
  11. Kuwait
  12. United States

What Does the Future Hold?

If current trends continue, over half of the U.S. population will be obese by the year 2030. In addition:

  • There will be a 130 percent increase in extreme obesity.
  • Six million cases of diabetes will be attributed to obesity.
  • Five million new cases of coronary heart disease will be linked to obesity.
  • Obesity-related medical costs will exceed 200 billion dollars.

Contact Tijuana Bariatric Center for More Information

Obesity is directly linked to a number of serious health concerns, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several mental health disorders. To learn more about the weight loss procedures offered at our practice, schedule a consultation. Contact us online anytime.

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