In U.S., Being Middle-Aged Most Linked to Having Higher BMI

Frank Newport et al., Gallup, August 6, 2012

Being middle-aged or black is more closely linked to being overweight—defined as having a high Body Mass Index—than any of 25 other factors, including exercise and healthy eating, examined in a Gallup analysis of the correlates of weight in America today. The analysis of interviews with more than 850,000 Americans also finds that being a man, having a lower level of education, not smoking, and not exercising are also strongly related to being overweight. Conversely, being very young or very old, Asian, a woman, having a high education level, smoking, and exercising three or more days per week are linked to having a low BMI.

{snip} Gallup calculates respondents’ BMI using the standard formula based on their self-reported height and weight. In these data, the average BMI for U.S. adults was 27.0. {snip}

Average BMI Increases as Americans Enter Middle Age

Americans’ BMIs are lowest when they are quite young—an average of 24.9 among those aged 18 to 24—but begin to rise as Americans age, peaking in the 55 to 59 age group at an average of 28.5. BMI begins to fall thereafter, particularly when Americans reach the age of 80. {snip}

Blacks and Asians at High and Low End of BMI Spectrum

The majority of Americans are non-Hispanic whites, so it is to be expected to find that whites’ average BMI (26.8) is close to the national average. Hispanics’ average BMI is also close to the national average. On the other hand, the two racial groups that stand out are blacks and Asians.

Blacks have the highest average BMI score (28.2) of any major race or ethnic group, while Asians have the lowest—25.1. Given that these estimates are based on an analysis that controls for a list of demographic factors that are correlated with race and with weight, the results suggest that something about either the genetics or social and cultural environments of these racial groups may be responsible for their relative weight status.


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  • WmarkW

    ” Hispanics’ average BMI is also close to the national average.”

    But Hispanics are also YOUNGER than the national average by almost a decade, 27.4 to 36.8.  Based on the statements in the article, it suggests Hispanics are distinctly overweight for their age.  (Which is observationally obvious, just like with blacks.)

    • The__Bobster

      All the maids I’ve seen in Houston in the last 20 years were apple shaped. Needless to say, they were all Mestizos.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    Must be some good eating on that welfare gibbsme train.  Come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time I saw a skinny person flash the welfare credit card (or whatever it’s called).  The triple-wides I see using them at the local Walmart obviously aren’t missing many meals.

    I’m sure historians will look back at us and ask “Why didn’t it dawn on them that poor people who drive cars, own big flatscreens, talk on sail phones and are overweight, have zero incentives to not be “poor.”

    We, as a nation, have really lost our way and there’s no better evidence that fat poor people.

    • We whites must worry about ourselves:Health is money in the bank. Adopt the paleo diet! Dont forget your coconut oil!!

  • W/regard to blacks,  sex must be taken into consideration. The black female is the fattest group in the nation. (Except,maybe,mestizas  with large amounts of Indian blood).The black male seems to be–tho with many exceptions–very lean and fit. They spend their youth on dancing,chasing da honeys, playing ball, and joyfully beating on people.  When they get older they start to fall apart and the tormentor of society becomes the beggar. Those who bullied now seek to be helped. Their kidneys start to go,they get dat high blood pressure,obesity,and a host of other problems. Many of these are caused by bad diets,use of drugs and alcohol,etc. (Being shot doesnt help either,I guess!)  The Ultimate MAN reverts to societys child:taken care of and supported. Doesnt seem quite fair.

  • The__Bobster

    No, where the poor people are fatter.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Morbidly obese.

  • JackKrak

    Yet another statistic horribly skewed in the wrong direction by our parasite class.

    Whether it’s education, crime, welfare, health or any number of other measurements, when you hear about “American” numbers on this or that you always have to ask “But what would it be if the US didn’t have 40 million blacks?”.

  • Plato1

    I am giving up posting anything about race, or diversity etc.  We are preaching to the choir and nothing changes.  The liberals deserve what they will have in 50 years.  I kind of wish I were around to see it.