Americans were as likely to be obese in 2012 as they were in 2011. But the 26.2% who were obese in 2012 remains slightly higher than the 25.5% recorded in 2008. Another 36.1% of Americans were overweight in 2012 and about as many were a normal weight—35.9%.
Obesity Rates Within Demographic Groups Remain Similar in 2012
The percentage of Americans who were obese in all major demographic and socioeconomic groups stayed about the same in 2012 compared with 2011. Blacks, those aged 45 to 64, and low-income Americans continue to be the most likely to be classified as obese, as has been the case since 2008. Those aged 18 to 29 and higher-income Americans remain the least likely to be obese.