Over the past four decades, since 1975, obesity has tripled on a worldwide scale. According to a study done by the World Health Organization in 2016, 39% of the world’s adult population was overweight, while 13% of the world’s adult population was obese.
According to DietSpotlight.com’s data, in Bronx, NY, the average weight for a man is 230 pounds, the average weight for a woman is 191 pounds. The BMI for men in the Bronx averages 34. Women average 5% lower with a BMI of 33. To achieve the ideal weight, Bronx County must lose 67 pounds, which is 20% more than the statewide weight loss goal at 56 pounds, and 13% more than the national weight loss goal at 59 pounds. The average age of an obese man in the Bronx is 47, while the average age for an obese woman in the Bronx is 44.
Dividing the country into individual states, New York State is 56 pounds overweight, three pounds less than the national average at 59 pounds. In 2017, the obesity rate for the state was 26%, ranking 45th in the country. When looking at age, 45-64-year-old state residents rank as the highest age group for obesity with 30%.
Another weight factor of measurement is body mass index, known as BMI. BMI is the amount of body fat on a person according to their height and weight. It is calculated via the English system with feet, inches, and pounds or the metric system with centimeters and kilograms. Following the English method, a BMI over 25 is considered overweight, and a BMI over 30 is deemed to be obese. According to a study done by the World Health Organization in 2014, the United States has the 17th highest body mass index in the world.
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