Despite health trends picking up speed, there are no signs of obesity rates slowing down. According to the latest research by the CDC, nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese in the U.S., the highest it’s ever been for adults.
Based on the data, it seems that obesity increases as we get older. Among youth, adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 had the highest rates (20.6%). Among adults, middle-aged individuals had higher rates than younger adults (42.8% compared to 35.7%). Additionally, women, Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks are more at risk. The groups with the highest rate of obesity? Women aged 40 to 59 (44.7%) and Hispanic adults (47%).