Over 100 million American adults are obese, and African Americans have the highest obesity rate. CDC reports, “Non-Hispanic Black adults had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (39.8%).” Furthermore, data from 2017-2019 show “34 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic Black adults.” So what percentage the African Americans are obese?
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African-American Adult Obesity Rate
African-American adults, aka non-Hispanic blacks, have an obesity rate of 49.6% (CDC 2017-2018). Rounding to the nearest whole percent, 50% of African-American adults, or 1 out of 2, are obese. Is the African American obesity rate different for men and women?
African American Obesity Rate Differences
African American obesity in women is much greater than in men. According to the 2018 CDC Table 26, just over a third (37.5%) of African American men are obese. Whereas, over half of African American women (56.1%) are obese with a “BMI greater than or equal to 30.” So how does African American women obesity compare to other groups?
African American Women Obesity
Compared to other groups in the United States, African American women have the highest rates of obesity. The top three groups with the highest percentage of obesity are the following:
- African American woman 56.1%
- Mexican woman 51.3%
- Hispanic or Latina women 48.4%
Discover the age group with the highest obesity rate in America. Now that you know African American women have the highest obesity rate, how many African Americans are obese?
Number of Obese African Americans
According to July 1, 2019, U.S. Census, 13.4% of individuals reported being African American only. Since the total U.S. population was 328.2 million people, the number of African Americans is 44 million. Hence, the number of obese African Americans equals 49.6% of 44 million.
Thus, the total number of obese African Americans was 21.8 million. How does this number compare to the number of obese Hispanic or Latino people?
How many obese Hispanic or Latino people?
The 2018 CDC Table 26 reports 44.8% of Hispanic or Latino people were obese. The U.S. Census reports Hispanic or Latino people represent 18.5% of the population. Hence, 44.8% of this 60.7 million population equals 27.2 million Hispanics or Latinos with obesity.
Thus, the United States has 5.4 million more obese Hispanic or Latino people than African Americans. Finally, how does the number of obese African Americans compare to white people?
How many obese white people in America?
The 2018 CDC Table 26 reports 37.9% of white people were obese, which was the lowest obesity rate compared to any other group. Since the U.S. Census reported 76.3% white people, the number of white Americans is 250.4 million. Hence, the number of obese white people equals 37.9% of 250.4 million.
Thus, the total number of white obese people is 94.9 million. White Americans have the most obese people than any other group.
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