How many American adults are obese?

How many American adults are obese

According to the latest CDC reports, the percentage of American adults considered obese is 42.4%. The CDC defines the age of American adults as 20 and over. So how many American adults are obese?

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Over 100 Million are Obese

As of July 1, 2019, US Census reports a total population of 328.2 million. Statista data shows 81.63 million Americans under age 20. The number of obese American adults is the difference between 328.2 million and 81.63 million. In other words, America had 246.5 million adults age 20 and older. Thus, 42.4% of 246.5 million equals 104.5 million obese adults. So what does an obese person weigh?

Obese Person has BMI 30 – 39

The CDC defines an obese person as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 39. You can look up your BMI weight ranges and discover if you are a healthy weight. For example, if you are 5 foot 9 inches tall, you are obese at 203 pounds. Discover the group with the highest obesity rate in American.

Obese African American on scale

22.7 Million are Severely Obese

The CDC reports 9.2% of American adults are severely obese. Since America has 246.5 million adults age 20 and over, 9.2 percent of this amount equals 22.7 million adults. So how much does a severely obese person weigh?

Severe Obese Person BMI 40+

The CDC defines a severely obese person as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more. For example, a 5-foot 9-inch person is severely obese with a weight of 271 pounds or more.

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