Overweight and obesity among adults aged 20 and over, by sex and grade of obesity: United States, 1999–2000 through 2015–2016

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NCHS Notes:

Obesity is associated with a number of health conditions, including hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes (8–11). In addition, Grade 2 or higher obesity significantly increases the risk of death (12). In 2015–2016, the overall prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults aged 20 and over was 75.0% among men and 67.8% among women. During 1999–2000 through 2015–2016, the age-adjusted prevalence of Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 obesity among men and women increased.

During this period, the age-adjusted prevalence of overweight but not obese decreased among men and was stable for women. In 2015–2016, the prevalence of overweight but not obese was higher among men (36.9%) than women (26.6%), whereas the prevalence of obesity (all grades) was similar for women and men (41.2% compared with 38.1%). In 2015–2016, the prevalence of Grade 3 obesity was almost twice as high among women as men (10.0% compared with 5.6%).

NOTES: Estimates are age-adjusted. BMI is body mass index. Overweight but not obese (25.0 ≤ BMI ≤ 29.9), Grade 1 obesity (30.0 ≤ BMI ≤ 34.9), Grade 2 obesity (35.0 ≤ BMI ≤ 39.9), and Grade 3 obesity (BMI ≥ 40.0). See Table 58 and the data table for Figure 6. SOURCE: NCHS, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

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