Why is this important?
The percentage of obese adults is an indicator of the overall health and lifestyle of a community. Obesity increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, respiratory problems, and osteoarthritis. Being obese also carries significant economic costs due to increased health care spending and lost earnings. Obesity is the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Percentage of Adults Who Are Obese21.8%
The United States of America
Adults Who Are Obese (measurement period: 2005-2019)
Overweight or Obese, Adults, by Race/Ethnicity
|Total Adult Population||52.2%||59.6%|