Obesity Trends among U.S. Adults between 1985 and 2002

The United States is experiencing substantial increases in overweight and obesity (as defined by a BMI greater than or equal to 25 for adults) that cut across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and both genders.

BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measure of an adult’s weight in relation to his or her height. Specifically, it is the adult’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his or her height in meters.

According to self-reported measures of height and weight, obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 30) has been increasing in every state in the nation.

Data for the U.S., 1985–2002