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Prevalence Statistics for Types of Overweight

Prevalence Statistics for Types of Overweight

The information below shows a list of types of Overweight, with information as to the prevalence of each of these types. Estimates of the people affected are calculated based on the available statistic.

Disease Prevalence Estimate US people estimate Statistic Used for Calculation
Overweight (overall) approx 1 in 3 or 35.70% or 97.1 million people in USA 97,099,996 97.1 million American adults
Obesity approx 1 in 6 or 14.63% or 39.8 million people in USA 39,799,999 39.8 million American adults; more than 57% of American adults are overweight (CDC)

Prevalence Statistics for Overweight

Prevalance of Overweight:

97.1 million American adults


Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 3 or 35.70% or 97.1 million people in USA [about data]

Worldwide prevalence of Overweight:

over 1 billion adults worldwide (WHO World Health Report, 2003)


Prevalance of Overweight:

More than 60 percent of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. One-quarter of American adults are also obese (Source: excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK) ... Obesity affects about one in four adult Americans, and during any one year, over half of Americans go on a weight-loss diet or are trying to maintain their weight. (Source: excerpt from Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program: NIDDK)

Prevelance statistics about Overweight:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Overweight:

  • 35% of adults overweight in the USA (US Government Statistics)
  • Overweight prevalence statistics for men in the USA:
    • 58% of men aged 20-34 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 67.6% of men aged 35-44 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 71.3% of men aged 45-54 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 72.5% of men aged 55-64 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 77.2% of men aged 65-74 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 66.4% of men aged over 75 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
  • Overweight prevalence statistics for women in the USA:
    • 51.5% of women aged 20-34 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 63.6% of women aged 35-44 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 64.7% of women aged 45-54 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 73.1% of women aged 55-64 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 70.1% of women aged 65-74 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
    • 59.6% of women aged over 75 are overweight in the US 1999-2000 (Health United States, 2003, NCHS)
  • 50% of women aged 20 to 74 are overweight or obese in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center)
  • 12% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 overweight in the USA (US Government Statistics)
  • 6% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 overweight in the USA 1976-80 (US Government Statistics)
  • 9% increase in adults overweight in the USA 1976-80 (US Government Statistics)
  • 14% of children aged 6 to 11 overweight in the USA 1988-94 (US Government Statistics)
  • 9% increase in adults overweight in the USA 1976-80 (US Government Statistics)
  • Estimated 22 million children under 5 years are overweight worldwide(World Heart Federation Fact-Sheet, 2002)
  • 1 in 4 children are overweight in the USA (World Heart Federation Fact-Sheet, 2002)
  • 14% of women overweight in Canada 1996/97 (Statistics Canada, National Population Health Survey, Health Canada, 1996/97)
  • 25% of men overweight in Canada 1996/97 (Statistics Canada, National Population Health Survey, Health Canada, 1996/97)
  • 517 women per 1,000 population were overweight or obese in Australia 1999-2000 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 673 men per 1,000 population were overweight or obese in Australia 1999-2000 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 298 women per 1,000 population were overweight in Australia 1999-2000 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 482 men per 1,000 population were overweight in Australia 1999-2000 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 51.9% of female population are overweight in Australia 1999-2001 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 67.4% of male population are overweight in Australia 1999-2001 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 18% of population in China (WHO World Health Report, 2003)

Types of Overweight

For more information about types of Overweight, refer to our section on types of Overweight.

About prevalence:

The medical term 'prevalence' of Overweight usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Overweight at any given time, whereas the annual diagnosis rate of new cases of Overweight is called the 'incidence'. For more information on prevalence and incidence statistics, see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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