Obesity in America: Facts and Statistics

What is Obesity?

In simple terms, obesity means having too much excess body fat. It is a weight classification beyond being overweight. The chart below shows weight classifications based on Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is calculated as a ratio of your weight to your height. As you can see, there are several classes even beyond the obese category.

Weight Classifications Based on BMI

Weight Classifications Based on BMI.

Body Fat Scan Obese Person vs. Normal Person

Belos is an image that compares body fat scans of two people, one weighing 250 lb and the other weighing 120 lb.

Body Fat Scan Obese Person vs. Normal Person

Body Fat Scan Obese Person vs. Normal Person.

United States Obesity Trends Maps 1985 to 2010

These maps show how the body mass index (BMI) of the United States has gone up drastically between 1985 and 2010.

Obesity Trends Map 1985

Obesity Trends Map 1985.

Obesity Trends Map 2010

Obesity Trends Map 2010.

Prevalence of Obesity in United States (1960 to 2010)

These graphs show how the percentage of population that is obese has gone from 10.7% in 1960 to 34.4% in 2010.

Obesity Prevalence Map 1960-2010

Obesity Prevalence Map 1960-2010.

Obesity-Related Diseases, Illnesses, and Deaths

There are numerous diseases related to obesity including: stroke, type-2 diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, colon cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Obesity-Related Diseases

The Trouble with Fat.

The chart below shows how your BMI (your weight classification) impacts your mortality (how long you live). Not only can you see how being overweight impacts your health, but you can also see how being underweight is just as bad.

BMI and Mortality

BMI and Mortality.

Written and edited by Muhammad Saleem