Americans are heftier than ever – and aren’t getting any taller, either.
A new Federal report revealed U.S. men and women weigh 15 pounds more on average than they did two decades ago.
In the report, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, data from 2011-2014 was analyzed. For men, they recorded an average height of 5’9” and 195.7 lbs of weight for men, and almost 5 ft. 4 lb., 168.5 lbs for women.
That represents a 15lb. widening for men compared to waistlines in 1988–94, while women are more than 16lbs heavier. Heights for both genders haven’t changed significantly over the past 20 years.
Kids are mirroring this disturbing trend, too. An 11-year-old boy today weighs a whopping 13lbs more than in 1988–94, and a girl of the same age weighs about 7 lb. more. Boys are about an inch taller than 20 years before; girls have maintained the same height.
The reports were fat (sorry) with statistics, but didn’t give a reason for the increase in today’s Americans. It does support the well-known obesity epidemic in the country; more than 2/3 of adults are overweight or obese. A June 2016 study found 40% of American women are now obese.