The Whole World Is Getting Fatter, New Survey Finds

May 29, 2014
by Maggie Fox
NBC News

And nearly 30 percent of U.S. children and teens are either obese or overweight, up from 19 percent in 1980. That’s nearly twice as many as in Europe. Just 4 percent of kids in the Netherlands or Sweden are overweight.

It’s headed in the wrong direction, too — The Trust for America’s Health projects that 44 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it projects 42 percent of adults will be. CDC also reported that 12 states have an adult obesity rate of over 30 percent.

Obesity is calculated using body mass index, a globally accepted ratio of height to weight. Someone who is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 149 pounds has a BMI of 24, considered a healthy weight. Add a pound and the same person has a BMI of 25 and is considered overweight. At 170 pounds this person has a BMI of 40 and is considered obese.

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