If you’re obese, that typically means you carry 20 percent more than your ideal body weight and have a body mass index of 30 or higher. Here’s what you need to know.
- Worldwide, obesity has more than doubled since 1980. Obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world.
- In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide were overweight. Of these, over 600 million were obese.
- More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, including three in four men.
- About 17 percent of children and teens ages 2 to 19 are obese.
- About 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013. However, obesity rates among 2- to 5-year-olds have declined, from 14 percent in 2004 to about 8 percent in 2012.
- Obesity leads to more than 120,000 preventable U.S. deaths each year.