U.S. Adult Obesity Rates Since 1960. This is measured by body mass index, or BMI, a ratio of height to weight (kg/m2). BMI often correlates with important health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and overall mortality. For adult men and women, a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy. 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight. It is possible to examine trends since 1960 among adults aged 20–74 (Table 2). Although the prevalence of obesity among adults aged 20–74 more than doubled between 1976–1980 and 2009–2010, the prevalence of overweight remained stable during the same period (Table 2).
From 1980 to 2008, the prevalence of obesity in children aged 6 to 11 years tripled from 6.5% to 19.6%. The prevalence of obesity in teenagers more than tripled from 5% to 18.1% in the same time frame. In less than one generation, the average weight of a child has risen by 5 kg in the United States. Feb 25, 2010 · Obesity rates '20 per cent higher now than in the 1960s'. Over 20 per cent more adults are classified as obese today than in the 1960s, research indicates. Experts believe people enjoyed healthier lifestyles in the 1960s than today Photo: GETTY.
Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 1960–2000 ; Cite. Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 1960–2000. Overweight 1 and obesity Obesity 2; 1960– 1962 1988– 1994 1999– 2000 1960–. Among Hispanic adults, about 1 in 2 (42.6 percent) were considered to have obesity, and about 1 in 14 (7.1 percent) were considered to have extreme obesity. Among non-Hispanic Asian adults, about 1 in 8 (12.6 percent) were considered to have obesity.
Adults. Obesity rates are higher among Blacks (48.4 percent) and Latinos (42.6 percent) than among Whites (36.4 percent) and Asian Americans (12.6 percent). 39 The inequities are highest among women: Blacks have a rate of 57.2 percent, Latinas of 46.9 percent, Whites of . National surveys of childhood obesity weren't recorded before 1963; however, the rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. began to rise in the 1980s. In 1980, 7 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were obese; in 2012, the rate was nearly 18 percent.