BMI Numbers Rise In The U.S.
The body mass index has increased in men, women and children over the past 20 years across the country.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics' bulletin this week (which we can't access, so this is our source for now) American women are 16.2 lbs. heavier than they were 20 years ago. Women in the 20s are averaging 20.7 extra lbs. today. Men have put on 15 extra pounds overall, but seniors ages 60 to 69 put on 17 lbs. more.
For children, 11-year-old boys weigh 13.5 lbs. more than they did two decades ago, and girls the same age weigh 7.4 lbs. more. Boys have added an inch of height on average over 20 years, while girls have stayed the same.
The average American man is now 5 feet, 9¼ inches tall and weighs 195.7 lbs, while the average woman stands 5 feet, 3¾ inches and weighs 168.5 lbs. Comparing the new weights to the BMI scale, the average American is now overweight. Happy Friday!