Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Center for Disease Control Admits Striking Differences by Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Education!!

An overlooked Center for Disease Control and Prevention study released in September of 2002 found significant differences in body weight for population subgroups, defined by race, ethnicity, age, gender, education, income and marital status. There were variations by geographic region of the country as well.

The 1997-98 survey found that more than one-half of adults were overweight (including about 20 percent who were obese), about 40 percent were at a healthy weight, and only 2 percent were considered underweight, according to standard body mass index classifications.

Some of the key differences noted:

Men were considerably more likely than women to be overweight, 63 percent compared to 47 percent, but no difference was found in the prevalence of obesity. Women were more likely than to be of a healthy weight and four times as likely to be underweight.

Young adults (18-24 years of age) were significantly less likely than older adults to be overweight; middle-aged men and women, the most likely. Among adults aged 45-64, about seven in 10 men and almost six in 10 women were overweight. The youngest adults (ages 18-24) and the oldest (65 and over) were about twice as likely as adults in other age groups to be underweight.

Overweight was about twice as prevalent among black non- Hispanic (66 percent) and Hispanic adults (62 percent) than among Asian/Pacific Islanders (32 percent). Slightly more than half of white non-Hispanic adults were overweight.

About six in 10 adults who did not graduate from a high school were overweight, compared with about four in 10 who had a college graduate degree.

Men with incomes below the poverty level were somewhat less likely than men in the highest income group to be overweight. In contrast, women living below or just above the poverty level were more likely to be overweight than women with higher incomes.

Married men were less likely--but married women more likely- -to be in the healthy weight range than those who were single, separated or divorced.

Adults in the Western region of the United States were less likely to be overweight or obese.

  • CDC Report

  • I wonder what other differences we'll find out about next...

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