If you’re among those who believe that simply stating body mass index (BMI) isn’t enough to shock Americans into action, the results of a recent report may arm you with the “reality research” you need to prove a point.
In January, a nationwide study of 12,094 adults—sponsored by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association and conducted by American Sports Data (ASD)—projected that 3.8 million Americans weigh more than 300 pounds.
“These are the eyebrow-raising figures we need to publicize, not that the average woman has a BMI of 27.5 or that the rate of morbid obesity is 2.2%,” said ASD president Harvey Lauer. “People still aren’t getting it. Within the bounds of sensitivity, we need to hear more about pounds, inches, body fat percentages, sweating, panting, asthma, diabetes, heart attacks and premature death.”
According to the study, males average 196 pounds, while the mean self-reported body weight for women is 163 pounds. One in 9 adult men carries more than 250 pounds, while 1 in 6 women weighs in at over 200 pounds. Men make up 70% of those weighing more than 300 pounds.“One in 9 adult men carries more than 250 pounds, while 1 in 6 women weighs in at over 200 pounds.”