Table 6-1.

Overweight and Obesity

Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity, 2009–2012, Age >20 yPrevalence of Obesity, 2009–2012, Age >20 yPrevalence of Overweight and Obesity 2011–2012, Ages 2–19 yPrevalence of Obesity, 2011–2012, Ages 2–19 yCost, 2008*
Both sexes, n (%)159 200 000 (68.5)81 800 000 (35.2)23 700 000 (31.8)12 600 000 (16.9)$147 Billion
 Males81 500 000 (72.5)38 600 000 (34.4)12 200 000 (32.0)6 300 000 (16.7)
 Females77 700 000 (64.7)43 200 000 (36.0)11 500 000 (31.6)6 300 000 (17.2)
NH white males, %72.734.227.812.6
NH white females, %61.232.529.215.6
NH black males, %69.437.934.419.9
NH black females, %81.957.536.120.5
Hispanic males, %80.138.440.724.1
Hispanic females, %76.342.937.020.6
  • Overweight and obesity in adults is defined as body mass index (BMI) ≥25 kg/m2. Obesity in adults is defined as BMI ≥30 kg/m2. In children, overweight and obesity are based on BMI-for-age values at or above the 85th percentile of the 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts. In children, obesity is based on BMI-for-age values at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC growth charts. In January 2007, the American Medical Association’s Expert Task Force on Childhood Obesity recommended new definitions for overweight and obesity in children and adolescents83; however, statistics based on this new definition are not yet available.

  • Ellipses (…) indicate data not available; and NH, non-Hispanic.

  • * Data from Finkelstein et al.75

  • Sources: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009 to 2012 (adults), unpublished National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) tabulation; NHANES 2011 to 2012 (ages 2–19 years) from Ogden et al.11 Extrapolation for ages 2 to 19 years from NHLBI tabulation of US Census resident population on July 1, 2012.