Obesity 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.
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:
As aforementioned, about 36 percent of Americans are overweight. In the United States:
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.
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.
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.
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:
If current trends continue, over half of the U.S. population will be obese by the year 2030. In addition:
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.