In U.S., Obesity Rate Stable in 2012

Alyssa Brown, Gallup, January 23, 2013

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.




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  • josh

    Young black males extract such an astounding cost on us with the crime,destruction and violence they perpetuate. Then when they get old,after having created the next generation,their system starts to fall apart,they get fat,the “kitneys” go,and now we must pay for them,not ut of fear,but ‘compassion”. Oh brother.

    • falsedawn

      Yep, blacks have a very short window to health. By their late twenties, they showing signs of wear.

    • Gary

      Actually,Black men, those who live over 60 years, tend to be thinner thatn White men of that age group.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        “those who live over 60 years”

        I think that is the key phrase.

      • josh

        From 2001 to 2005 a comparison of cancer rates between black & white males:Of the most common cancers(Incl. colon,prostate,stomach,liver & bile duct,larynx,lung,pancreas,kidney & esophagus,)the ratio of blacks to whites suffering them ranged from 2.5(liver) to 1.9(myeloma)to 1.7(prostate) to 1.1 (colon). Oddly white males had a higher rate for bladder(0.5) and teste(0.3!!).Overall the picture is very clear,blacks have more cancer.Point? We are different–duh. Blacks tend to be a huge burden on us throughout their lives.

        • CourtneyfromAlabama

          As a young person looking at my future, the cancer statistics scare me ( 1 out of 2 men; 1 out of 3 women). But then I wonder about how much of the fact that our country is nearly 40% nonwhite inflates this.

  • The__Bobster
  • Opening the Pandora’s Box.

    I noticed and asked a few years ago: Is Michelle Obama’s concern with obesity rooted in humanitarianism, or is it purely a matter of her own racial-gender projection? In other words, does Michelle Obama care about obesity because she cares about obesity per se, or does she only care about obesity because so many black girls and black women are obese?

    What got my mind thinking in this direction is a few years ago, when I was in a situation when I was surrounded accidentally by a good cross section of St. Louis high school students, everyone but the black girls were rail thin. To me, the weight problem isn’t that the black girls are too heavy, it’s that everyone else is so thin, that they ought to get into a weight room and start lifting something before they all spontaneously disappear.

  • Blacks simply don’t care about their weight. Black women especially. I have seen obese black women wear things that are unbelievable. They will wear shorts, bra tops, cut offs etc and think that they look sexy when they really look horrible.

    • shmo123

      Boy if that isn’t the truth. Black women have no problems with self-esteem in that regard. But you’ll never see them wearing corduroy–all that friction could start a fire!

  • People with low IQs are notorious for having bad teeth and obesity from eating bad food.

  • Daisy

    The kicker here is that the BMI is a big fat lie, pardon punning. When I asked a cardiologist about it (after noting that at 5’8 and 130 pounds I was bordering on ‘underweight’ even though I had plenty of flesh on me), he admitted he used a totally different one than the rest of the idiot MD’s who keep convincing America that we’re fine, just keep popping their pills…staple your stomach…blah blah.

    So the stats above are skewed significantly; there are a lot more chubbies and fatties out there being told they’re ‘normal.’ I do not mean disrespect to the overweight; I just want to point out that once again the medical establishment is lying pathologically.

    It’s also interesting to note that the fellas outdo the gals in scale-busting; the gender disparity might be because the BMI index fails to account for the fact that women and men are actually built somewhat differently, and muscle does weight more than fat.

  • thoth-ibis

    Are these weight charts reliable ? My doctor told me that a 6’0 man should weight between 140 and 180. HUH ?? I’m sorry but they are wrong…. a 6′ 200 man is not “too fat”. It seems that these weight statistics “assume” that everyone has a ectomorph frame.

    • Richard

      The fact is that many of those charts are still based on 1960s statistics and body images.

    • Daisy

      I don’t think that the charts mean that much in general. To me just looking in the mirror, checking out extra body fat in key places like around our middles, under our chins, around our upper arms (more indicative there for women I’d think) seems like the best way to assess whether one is fat. There’s too much of a spectrum of body types, both among men and women, to really rely on a chart too much.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      You are probably on the high end of ideal, but it depends on your age and body build. Muscle, of course is denser than fat. If the 140-180 figures are correct, at 46, I’m smack in the middle as another six-footer and 155. That said, 140 seems quite skinny for a grown six-foot man. I was that weight when I graduated high school and rather athletic, so I’d say it’s fine for a runner or bicyclist in his late teens through 20s.

      So long as you can control your weight, i.e. by not getting heavier, the numbers to pay more attention to are your blood pressure and cholesterol.

    • Bleakvision

      Mike Tyson is about 6′ and his championship weight was around 200 pounds – just for reference. I myself have quite the muscular frame but 185 on me is still a little bit too much and there is visible belly fat left.
      I’d say your doctor is spot on.

  • Jefferson

    What is the obesity rate for Asian Americans ? I do not see too many Asian American women who are as morbidly obese as Gabourey Sidibe the Black chick from the movie “Precious”, or as morbidly obese as the White chick who is Honey Boo Boo’s mother, I think her name is June Thomson.

    • Thin White Man

      Asian Americans ? There’s nothing American about asians.

      These genetically born short/scrawny foreigners are irrelevant to the survival of White America in the first place.

      I’d befriend and marry a morbidly obese White woman who will give me 100% White children before I would even care about how thin asian women are…

      • Jefferson

        You would date a morbidly obese woman. You know who has a fetish for morbidly obese women, Black men that’s who.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        What about assimilated “quarter-breed” Injuns like myself? Do you want us marrying white women? Maybe only someone else’s sister, right? I get no taxpayer money for what I am; only smart mouth from folks nowhere near as bright as I am. Winston Churchill was also partly northeastern woodlands Amerind.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        My neighbor is Thai – he looks like a very old American Indian – and called to ask whether we needed to go shopping this afternoon. Sayaka and Ariadne were at the library, be we’re down to one car that runs intermittently, so I said “Yes!”

        When we first met years ago, he told me there was a convicted violent, federal terrorist named “Scott” on the block. After recovering from gales of laughter, I said “That’s me.” At that time, I was still fresh out of the federal hoosgow and getting my mail at night, just so none of the neighbors would see me. Perhaps he expected someone with a spade tail, who runs on all fours and barked at the moon. I can run on all fours, but my tail was probably cropped at birth and I’ve never barked at the moon. Since it’s full this evening, I am tempted.

        His accent is terrible, but his heart is kind, so I regard him as an American in a way I never will allow for most Africans. If blacks are “Americans”, or even “people” I don’t want to be one, but my neighbor is a good sort.

        Twenty-one years ago I couldn’t stand Japanese, even those whom I worked with. I didn’t want to hurt them; I simply wanted nothing to do with them. One of the newer engineers on loan from Matsushita changed my mind, and when I was loaned to a Japanese chemical company in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, the locals were so kind to me it was actually embarrassing. The guys from Mitsubishi were also good dudes. The subcontinental Indians at work hated me, but the Japanese always trusted me.

        Eventually I married one, and since I’m not working a regular job, Sayaka certainly isn’t an industrial spy.

        Would you rather I had married a white woman?

      • Doppleganger

        Being “American” implies a nationality, not a race, meaning anyone with citizenship is one. Also, East Asians like the Chinese are probably America’s biggest enablers. To say Asians are irrelevant is nothing but a false exaggeration.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I think the only Orientals much prone to fatness are ethnic Thai women and ethnic Polynesians – Polynesians are particularly prone to it, again especially the women. Of the other groups, the unassimilated Orientals seem less overweight than Americanized ones. Perhaps it is because switching to a Western diet tends to put the pounds on.

    • Doppleganger

      Asian Americans have negligible rates of obesity. That’s why no statistics are reported on them.

  • liberalsuck

    Must be an evil white man conspiracy that’s making them all fat

  • SintiriNikos

    If you could go back in time and tell Romans that in the future there will be an empire whose poor will die from obesity. He will think you’re crazy that such a thing as obesity exists, not to mention the ludicrousness of poor dying from anything but starvation.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      They would also say that the notion of working to support our ex-slaves is completely absurd.

      • SintiriNikos

        There is a litany of things about the current state of affair, that if we showed to the Romans or more recently the Founders, they’d lock us up with the other crazies. If there would be some way to convince the Founders we’re legit time travellers, they’d surrender their arms to the King.