Obesity rates rising: 8 notes

Obesity rates have risen 11.4% in 20 years, with nearly 2 in 5 adults having obesity, the CDC said.

The May CDC report analyzed obesity rates and statistics between 1999-2000 and 2017-March 2020.

Here are seven things to know:

  1. The prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% in 1999-2000 to 41.9% in 2017-March 2020.

  2. The prevalence of severe obesity rose to 9.2% (up from 4.7% in 1999-2000).

  3. Black adults have the highest obesity rates (49.9%), followed by Hispanic (45.6%), white (41.4%) and Asian (16.1%) adults.

  4. Less educated adults have higher rates of obesity, with the highest rate among adults with a high school diploma or some college (46.4%), followed by those with less than a high school diploma (40.1%) and those with a college degree (34.2%).

  5. Obesity rates by age all ranged within five percentage points of each other with 39.8% among adults aged 20-39 and 44.3% among adults 40-59 years old.

  6. Of adults with obesity, 58% also had high blood pressure and 23% had diabetes.

  7. In 2019, the medical expenditure on those with obesity reached $173 billion.

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