Sixty percent of adults in America are overweight, but when gender, race, income level, and age are taken into account that figure climbs even higher, according to a report [.pdf] released today from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report found:
- Men (67.9%) were considerably more likely than women (53.0%) to be overweight, although men (25.7%) and women (25.0%) were about equally likely to be obese.
- Among minority groups, American Indian or Alaska Native adults (70.0%) and black adults (69.2%) were about twice as likely as Asian adults (36.9%) to be overweight.
- Men with family incomes four times the poverty level or more (70.2%) were more likely than men with incomes below the poverty level (60.4%) to be overweight.
- Women with the highest family incomes (46.0%) were less likely than women with family incomes that were below the poverty level (60.6%) to be overweight
- Overweight was most prevalent among adults 45-64 years (68.2%) and 65-74 years of age (67.0%) and markedly lower for adults 75 years and over (53.3%)
Data for the report was collected from the 2005-2007 National Health Interview Survey, which is conducted annually. The report describes the prevalence of selected health behaviors among U.S. adults aged 18 years of age and over.
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