Are the majority of American people actually overweight?

Query by jason d: Are the majority of American men and women actually overweight?
I was lately in Chicago on company and had the opportunity to see the sights and meet some amazing folks. I did not see a obvious proportion of people who looked chubby. Are these data that the media keeps throwing out just buzz to bolster desire in the physical fitness or the health meals market?

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Answer by sweet cheeks
Hard to say for sure I guess. I am from Canada and many people I know that have travelled to the United states of america recently have stated they were shocked how several chubby individuals they observed.

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14 Comments to "Are the majority of American people actually overweight?"

  1. Kate M's Gravatar Kate M
    July 4, 2012 - 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Yes i would think so because i just go t back from Seattle(awesome city) and i did not notice one single overweight person in fact they all looked like a bunch of scandanavians with the bright smiles ,blond hair and long legs and blue eyes. So I would say it is media hype for the health food industry.

  2. lennox525's Gravatar lennox525
    July 4, 2012 - 9:30 pm | Permalink

    It’s probably not media hype. Studies indicate that as much as 65% of the US population are overweight. A person is overweight if they have more body weight than is necessary for normal functions (more than 20-25% for women, 15-18% for men).

  3. sweetirsh's Gravatar sweetirsh
    July 4, 2012 - 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes we are. Now, get into my belly !!!!!

  4. brittany b's Gravatar brittany b
    July 4, 2012 - 10:32 pm | Permalink


  5. kcbranaghsgirl's Gravatar kcbranaghsgirl
    July 4, 2012 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny that your visit to Chicago should make you question this. Men’s Fitness magazine ranked Chicago the #1 Fattest City in America for 2006:,2933,180876,00.html

  6. fotum's Gravatar fotum
    July 4, 2012 - 11:07 pm | Permalink


  7. Steve-E-Z's Gravatar Steve-E-Z
    July 4, 2012 - 11:29 pm | Permalink


    I was in Italy recently and every time I saw a 150 pound 12 year old and his 200 pound mom, they inevitably spoke english.

    People’s diets here are dependant on enriched white flour, which is about the worst think you can put in your body because it makes you fat and significantly increases your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

  8. walkinbyfaith7's Gravatar walkinbyfaith7
    July 4, 2012 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    No, I honestly don’t believe it’s just a ploy for the health market, there are a lot of very sick obese people out there, unfortunately statics are fairly true in this case. I live in Devner, CO where it’s “supposed to be the healthiest city in the country” granted there are some hard core fitness people here…how can there not be there’s mountains and trails and gyms galore, but I tell ya what I see more out of shape people than I do inshape. another way to look at it is that it’s all in the eye of the beholder. what docs call over weight or obese can be the total oppostite to someone else. When they’re health is in danger it;s one thing, but a few extra pounds close to the “over weight” market could be beautiful to some one else.

  9. joecseko's Gravatar joecseko
    July 4, 2012 - 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I answered a similar question a month ago.It’s dependent on the geographical location.There is indded a problem with obesity in the US.You’ll go to California and Florida and say”hmmm what are they talking about?”There are many locations where this just does not hold true,but remeber there are about 300 million people in the US.The US is very much segregated by demographics.You’ll hardly ever see this in more affluent areas(like Chicago) and beach towns,but the problem is there.It’s not that we are lazy or greedy.There is just a lack of education by parents and schools.I was raised to NEVER let myself get fat and participate in sports.I’m now a champion power lifter and my body fat rarely goes above 8%.
    I will agree that the fad diet and fake supplement companies will capitalize on this data.That’s why I do as much research as possible and only use clinically proven supplements.I also eat a very healthy diet and know about every macronutrient and trace nutrient that enters my body.I have done tons of research on exercise science as well.

  10. James P's Gravatar James P
    July 5, 2012 - 12:53 am | Permalink

    Yeah but when the media and foreign countries say that, they always seem to leave out the fact that we are a very ethnically diverse country (aside from the 12 million illegals here). And don’t Hispanic’s and African American’s (the women at least) always say that they are supposed to be a bit more hefty then white people?

  11. bumbleleigh's Gravatar bumbleleigh
    July 5, 2012 - 1:11 am | Permalink

    I think that there are more overweight Americans proportionally compared to other countries, but I wouldnt say the majority of them are.

    I live in Texas, and for every overweight person I see I see 10 thin people. All of my friends are size 6 and under, and off of the top of my head I can’t think of any overweight people (besides myself).

    It may be because I’m in college, and maybe more thin people go to college or something? But even when i’m walking around elsewhere the thin people are the majority – but I still see plenty of overweight people.

  12. miss bean's Gravatar miss bean
    July 5, 2012 - 1:19 am | Permalink

    Yes. The whole North America is suffering from this statistic. The problem, fast food is conventional.

  13. caramelmmm2001's Gravatar caramelmmm2001
    July 5, 2012 - 1:21 am | Permalink

    wowyes and canada too

  14. terra_chan's Gravatar terra_chan
    July 5, 2012 - 1:31 am | Permalink

    Most people are not overweight, too many people are overweight, though. You know when I lived in the states they kept on going on about childhood obesity, but in my school their was really only 2 or three obese kids (it was a large school, too)

    Hey sTeve, my family more than cancels out the mother and daugter! where thin and we live in Italy and GASP speak english

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