Mature Market Stat of The Day: Obesity Among Seniors

It's not just America's young who are gaining weight, seniors are struggling too.
It’s not just America’s young who are gaining weight, seniors are struggling too.

The increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among the mature market has been dramatic. In 1999-2002, 69 percent of Americans age 65 and over were overweight or obese. In the last two decades, the increases among seniors ages 65-74 have been especially striking. Between 1976-1980 and 1999-2002, the percentage of people age 65-74 who were overweight or obese rose from 57 percent to 73 percent; the percentage who were obese doubled from 18 percent to 36 percent.

Source: Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

 

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