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Survey: All U.S. age groups growing fatter

Survey: All U.S. age groups growing fatter

WASHINGTON — U.S. adults in all age groups have grown fatter during the past four years, a survey indicated.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index — conducted from Jan. 2 to Dec. 31, 2008, and from Jan. 2 to Sept. 30, 2012 — included interviews with 579,210 U.S. adults age 18 and older. Gallup calculated the survey respondents’ body mass indices using the standard formula based on their self-reported height and weight.

The overall adult obesity rate was 26.1 percent in 2012 versus 25.5 in 2008, the survey said.

Obesity increases as Americans at both genders get older before declining when they reach their early 70s.

The youngest of adults ages 18-to-23 and 24-to-27 had minimal increased in obesity. However, most U.S. adults age 35 and older are more likely to be obese than those who were at the same age four years ago.

The age group with the most obesity was 56-59 in 2012 at 31.7 percent, and the age group with the least obesity was age 88 and older. In 2008, those ages 64-69 were the most obese at 30.8 percent and the least obese were those age 88 and older at 9.4 percent.

For the overall survey, the margin of error was 1 percentage point, but the margin of error was 1.5 percentage points for each age group.

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  • rendarsmith

    Healthy food is expensive and fattening food is cheap. What do you expect?

    • eddie47d

      So true! We are a soda pop and potato chip nation and they are the new “drugs” of choice.

      • momo

        Sad, but true.

    • Bill

      Cry me a river

    • http://yahoo wendell

      Not true. You can buy fresh carrots, broccolli, caulifower, lettuce, apples, ect. cheaper per/ lb. than you can buy chips, candy, meat, cheese, processed foods, etc. Fat people just use that as an excuse because they are too lazy to prepare and cook a good, wholesome meal and would rather go to a fast food joint.

      • Dan Mancuso

        Absolutely true! If I may add, too lazy to get out from in front of that brainwashing box and get some regular exercise. This is all part of the narscisism programmed into people by the state, read public school/ welfare system.
        Every time I see info on obesity in America, I can’t help but think back to that ‘Twilight Zone’ episode of the aliens comming to Earth to help mankind and their ‘recipe book’!

  • Chester

    Eddie, soda pop and potato chips are far from being cheap, like potatoes and rice. The starchy foods, and the high fat meats, are a lot cheaper than all the fresh veggies, or even canned veggies, for the amount of stomach filling you get. Might actually LOOK at the meat counter and see what 70% lean hamburger goes for as opposed to what 90% lean burger meat, or any of the better cuts of meat, go for. When you have a hundred dollars to feed yourself for a month, you are going to buy what fills the belly, not necessarily what is best for you.

    • momo

      Just because it fills your stomach, doesn’t mean its nutricious.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        We have come back full circle with our comments and what Bob L. wrote about that we are starving with full stomachs.


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