20 Years of Expanding USA Waistlines
Fit Nation: The Obesity Fight - Special Reports from CNN.com
Obesity in USA from 1985 to 2006. Graphic displays a map with the transformation of obesity statistics for all 50 USA states.
Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 0r more. For a person 5'4" that is approximately 30 lbs. over healthy weight.
Here is something to ponder:
In 2005, CDC scientists revealed that the risk of mortality does not rise in a meaningful way
until BMI reaches 35. Some interpret that to mean that a BMI of 35, not 25, should be the cutoff between healthy and unhealthy weight. In 2005, only 6 percent of the adult population had a BMI of over 35, compared to 57 percent who had a BMI over 25.
Fat Devils and Moral Panics
News Reporting on Obesity Science