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QuickStats: Prevalence of Obesity* Among Adults Aged ≥20 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Sex — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2009–2010

The figure shows the prevalence of obesity among adults aged ≥20 years, by race/ethnicity and Sex in the United States during 2009-2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Among adults aged ≥20 years in 2009-2010, 35.5% of men and 35.8% of women were obese. Among men, 38.8% of non-Hispanic blacks, 37.0% of Hispanics, and 36.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese. Among women, 58.5% of non-Hispanic blacks, 41.4% of Hispanics, and 32.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese.

* Defined as a body mass index (weight [kg] / height [m]2) ≥30.

95% confidence interval.

§ Includes other races (i.e., Asians and American Indians/Alaska Natives) not shown separately because of small sample sizes, which affect reliability of estimates.

Among adults aged ≥20 years during 2009–2010, 35.5% of men and 35.8% of women were obese. Among men, 38.8% of non-Hispanic blacks, 37.0% of Hispanics, and 36.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese. Among women, 58.5% of non-Hispanic blacks, 41.4% of Hispanics, and 32.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese.

Sources: Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief no. 82. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2012.

Flegal KM, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Ogden CL. Prevalence of obesity and trends in body mass index among US adults, 1999–2010. JAMA 2012;307:491–7.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of obesity among adults aged ≥20 years, by race/ethnicity and Sex in the United States during 2009-2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Among adults aged ≥20 years in 2009-2010, 35.5% of men and 35.8% of women were obese. Among men, 38.8% of non-Hispanic blacks, 37.0% of Hispanics, and 36.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese. Among women, 58.5% of non-Hispanic blacks, 41.4% of Hispanics, and 32.2% of non-Hispanic whites were obese.


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