50s Generation Less Obese than 60s – Affect of the 60s on Obesity Figures
According to a recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2002), Americans born during the early 1960s are likely to become obese earlier in life than those born in the late 1950s, while black women and Hispanic men face the greatest overall risks for obesity.
The study of 9,179 people now in their late 30s and early 40s found subjects born in 1964 were consistently heavier at specific ages than those born eight years earlier in 1957.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also found the younger group became obese while in their late 20s – 26 percent to 28 percent sooner than the older group, which staved off obesity until their early to mid-30s.
The results confirm the extent of obesity in the United States which is raising concern about the prospects for weight-related problems such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression.