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United States of America - Female obesity prevalence as a share of female ages 18+

34.9
(%)
in 2014

Female obesity prevalence of United States of America increased from 23.9 % in 1995 to 34.9 % in 2014 growing at an average annual rate of 2.01 %.

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Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese. A person with a BMI equal to or more than 25 is considered overweight. Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Once considered a problem only in high income countries, overweight and obesity are now dramatically on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.

Date Value Change, %
2014 34.9 1.45 %
2013 34.4 1.78 %
2012 33.8 1.50 %
2011 33.3 1.52 %
2010 32.8 1.23 %
2009 32.4 1.57 %
2008 31.9 1.92 %
2007 31.3 1.62 %
2006 30.8 1.99 %
2005 30.2 1.68 %
2004 29.7 2.06 %
2003 29.1