America's Weight Gain 1960-2000

    • January 29, 2003

Obesity is on the rise in the United States. Statistics tell the story.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | America's Weight Gain Project

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1982-84), and National Health Examination Survey (1963-65 and 1966-70). Copyright © 2003 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ®.

These dynamic chart graphics depict the rise of obesity in adults in the United States between 1960 and 2000. The charts also illustrate the rise of overweight in children for the same time period.

The obesity epidemic among young people in the United States is of particular concern.

Throughout all age groups, obesity rates have risen dramatically over the past three decades. Among children 6 to 11, the rate of obesity has risen more than four times. More than 23 million children and teenagers are overweight or obese.

Younger children are by no means immune. Among ages 2 to 5, a quarter of children are now overweight or obese. Among certain racial and ethnic groups, the rates are still higher.

The data in this interactive application are drawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Hispanic Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1982-84), and National Health Examination Survey (1963-65 and 1966-70).

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