4 jaw-dropping stats about obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a BMI of 30 or higher classifies someone as obese. An obese man of average height weighs 220 pounds or more. An obese woman of average height weighs 180 pounds or more. About one-third of US adults are obese. Most people have heard that statistic already; but these four lesser-known statistics are astonishing.


1. In 1990, no state had an obesity rate of more than 20%. By 2010, only one state had an obesity rate lower than 20%.



2. In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.


3. Between 1988 - 1994 and 2007 - 2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.


4. Obesity rates are high across all adult age groups.