“Extreme Obesity Rates Rising Among Adults and Children: the number of extremely obese adults and children also has grown significantly over time. the rate of extremely obese adults grew from 1.4 percent from 1976–1980 to 6.3 percent during 2009–2010,” according to Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
“An individual is considered extremely obese if his or her body mass index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 40, which is roughly the equivalent of being 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight.
“The number of extremely obese women is nearly twice that of men (8.1 percent versus 4.4 percent).
“For children and teens ages 2 to 19, severe obesity grew from 1.1 percent among boys and 1.3 percent among girls during 1976 to 1980 to 5.1 percent among boys and 4.7 percent among girls during 1999 to 2006.
“Rates were particularly high among Hispanic boys (9 percent) and non-Hispanic Black girls (12.6 percent).”
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