'Middle Age Spread' Is True, Obesity Study FindsBy
Highest incidence of obesity seen in adults between ages 40-59
Forty percent of U.S. adults are obese; almost 20% of youths
Over the last 15 years, the prevalence of adult obesity in the U.S. population has bloated from 30.5 percent to 39.6 percent, according to a 2015–2016 survey. A majority of Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women are obese, the National Center for Health Statistics study found. Meanwhile, just one in ten Asian men are obese. The so-called "middle age spread" is supported by this study, with a 42.8-percent incidence of obesity measured among adults between the ages of 40 and 59 compared to 41 percent among those over 60 and 35.7 percent between 20 and 39.