Adult obesity has exceeded 42%. Here’s how it varies between population groups | Health, Med. & fitness
Over 42% of adults suffer from obesity in the United States today.
A complex constellation of social factors come into play to predict whether or not someone will be obese, including income, education, race, age, and regional demographics. Ro used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to break down obesity rates by state (including Washington D.C.), region, education level, age, and race, using 2020 data, the most recent available. A closer look at the data reveals how much social factors influence the types of food people have access to and the amount of physical activity they do, two factors that strongly influence obesity levels.
In particular, the researchers found strong inverse correlations between income and obesity, with people with fewer resources being more likely to be obese. Areas with higher poverty levels have higher obesity rates, and this may be true for different racial groups. The COVID-19 pandemic has also increased obesity rates, with more Americans reporting sedentary behavior during the pandemic due to not leaving their homes as much, and fitness centers have were closed in the first months of the spread of COVID-19.
Obesity has many health consequences as obese people are more likely to develop diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, anxiety, depression and body aches. These people are even more likely to contract severe cases of COVID-19.
It’s important to note that being underweight can also come with its own set of health complications, such as malnutrition, anemia, and decreased immune function.
Keep reading to take a closer look at how adult obesity varies by population group in the United States.