Obesity - United States, 1999-2010

MMWR Suppl. 2013 Nov 22;62(3):120-8.

Abstract

Obesity is a major public health problem affecting adults and children in the United States. Since 1960, the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States has nearly tripled, from 13% in 1960-1962 to 36% during 2009-2010. Since 1970, the prevalence of obesity has more than tripled among children, from 5% in 1971-1974 to 17% in 2009-2010. Although the prevalence of obesity is high among all U.S. population groups, substantial disparities exist among racial/ethnic minorities and vary on the basis of age, sex, and socioeconomic status.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Continental Population Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Educational Status
  • Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / ethnology
  • Pediatric Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Pediatric Obesity / ethnology
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Distribution
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult