MODEL AMERICA? The Fattening of a Nation


As models get thinner, America as a whole gets fatter: The most recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that more than one-half of adults are overweight and 20% are grossly overweight as to be considered obese.


Recent Miss America winners are thinner than their original counterparts in the 1920s and 1930s, and they are thinner than is considered healthy. One in four is so underweight she fits the World Health Organization’s classifications for being undernourished.


Men are much more likely than women to be overweight: 63% of men are overweight, "only" 47% of women are overweight. But 20% of both sexes are obese.


People 18 to 24 years old are much less likely than middle-aged baby boomers to be overweight. Of adults aged 45 to 64, about 70% of men and about 60% of women are overweight.


About two-thirds of African Americans and Hispanic adults are overweight.


Education makes you thinner: About 60% of high school dropouts are overweight; only about 40% of college graduates are overweight.


When men get married they are more likely to become overweight but married women are less likely to put on too many pounds compared to the divorced and never married.


If you live in the western states you are less likely to be overweight.