According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the national public health institute of the United States headquartered in Atlanta, GA, an obese adult is one who has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
Looking at the latest CDC statistics:
- The prevalence of obesity is 39.8% of adults in the US, affecting about 93.3 million of the U.S. population.
- The estimated medical cost of obesity was $147 billion in 2008, those individuals with obesity had an increased medical cost of $1,429 more than those of normal weight.
Additional statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
- It is projected by 2030, about 115 million adults in the U.S. will be obese.
- The annual coast of being obese is $4,879 for women and $2,646 for men.
Take a look at CDCs interactive map, showing the recent increase of obesity rates across the United States:
However, despite these alarming statistics, universities across the country are reducing, and in many cases, cutting undergraduate requirements for physical education. According to a USA Today article, some of the reasons include: to emphasize more of a focus on their future careers and skills, to decrease costs and increase the rate of graduation, and to shift away from taking classes outside a student’s major.