This decade saw 4% rise in Americans weighing 200 lbs or more

by Daniel Payne · Nov 27th, 2019 3:01 pm

A new Gallup poll revealed that the number of Americans who report weighing more than 200 pounds rose by four percent over the past decade, a figure that works out to over 13 million people.

The decade saw 42 percent of men reporting that they weighed more than 200 pounds, up from 38 percent in the decade from 2000 to 2010. During that time, 12 percent of women reported that figure. Over the most recent decade, it rose to 14 percent.

Although the average American waistline has been expanding for years, Americans themselves are increasingly less likely to report being overweight. Just 38 percent of Americans say they are "very or somewhat" overweight this decade, down from 41 percent the decade before.


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