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HR Magazine, March 2004 - A Growing Crisis

By Robert J. Grossman  3/1/2004
 

HR Magazine, March 2004

Vol 49, No 3.

With the average person adding one to two pounds each year, its less surprising that older people are obese. What is startling is the increase in each age category over the past decade.

Education and race are influencing factors. Fewer college graduates are obese than those lacking high school degrees; blacks and Hispanics show greater prevalence toward obesity than whites.

But, male, female, black, white, educated or not, were all in this together. Last year alone, white male executives age 30-40 led the field in girth acquisition, increasing at an annual rate of 6 percent, the fastest rate among workers studied.

Percent of Obese Population
  1991 2001
Gender
Men 12 21
Women 12.2 20.8
 
Age Groups
18-29 7.1 14
30-39 11.3 20.5
40-49 15.8 24.7
50-59 16.1 26.1
60-69 14.7 25.3
>70 11.4 17.1
 
Race
White 11.3 19.6
Black 19.3 31.1
Hispanic 11.6 23.7
Other 7.3 15.7
 
Educational Level
Less than High School 16.5 27.4
High School Degree 13.3 23.2
Some College 10.7 21.0
College or Above 8.0 15.7
 
Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

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