Can You Guess How Many Pounds The Average American Has Gained In The Last 20 Years?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (otherwise known as the CDC), the average American is more than 15 pounds heavier than we were 20 years ago.
What the hell have we been eating?
But seriously, after sampling more than 19,000 people between the years of 2011 and 2014 who were interviewed and underwent medical examinations in their homes, and comparing the results to samplings done between the years of 1988 and 1994, American women went from an average weight of 152 pounds to 169, so 17 pounds heavier. The weight of men also increased, going from 181 to 196 pounds over the years, making them 15 pounds heavier. Also increasing includes the size of our waists and the weight of our children, which I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about all over the news (i.e., the childhood obesity epidemic, the Let’s Move!). According to Women’s Health, via the CDC report, girls are seven pounds heavier than they were 20 years ago while remaining around the same height, and boys are actually 13.5 pounds heavier these days while gaining an inch in height. And while the weight of adults has really shot up, the average height has remained the same: around 5’4″ for women and about 5’9″ for men.
According to CBS News, via the CDC report, Black Americans have increased the most on average with women gaining 22 pounds over the last two decades while staying around the same average height. As for Black men, they have added about 18 pounds.
Despite how shocking multiple publications say these results are, I think we all knew that we were getting bigger. And we definitely know that a balanced diet and exercise can make a big difference in curbing the increase in pounds that has been happening. But we may not fully realize just how big of an impact our lack of activity and healthy eating habits have on our long-term health. The American Heart Association just recently noted that a high BMI can greatly increase your chances of diabetes more than anything else, while being overweight, in general, can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. So while this information is good to have, it doesn’t make a difference if people don’t take heed and actually make changes so there won’t be another 15-20 pound increase 20 years from now.