An employee KNOWS they are under no obligation to help their employer contain or reduce the cost of health benefits. For example, obesity is primarily preventable, and a leading cause of other health problems. Nevertheless, the majority of U.S. citizens are morbidly overweight or obese.

In the United States of America:

82.1% of adult Black women are overweight or obese!
77.2% of adult Hispanic women are overweight or obese!
63.2% of adult White women are overweight or obese.

78.6% of adult Hispanic men are overweight or obese!

71.4% of adult White men are overweight or obese.
69.2 % of adult Black men are overweight or obese!

U.S. Prevalence of Adult Overweight and Obesity (NHANES 2011-2012)


Overweight or Obesity
BMI >/= 25 kg/m2

BMI >/=
30 kg/m2
Extreme Obesity
BMI >/=
40 kg/m2


68.5% 34.9% 6.4%

All Females

65.8% 36.1% 8.3%

White (Non-Hispanic)

63.2% 32.8% 7.4%

Black (Non-Hispanic)

82.0% 56.6% 16.4%


77.2% 41.4% 7.6%

All Males

71.3% 33.5% 4.4%

White (non-Hispanic)

71.4% 32.4% 3.8%

Black (non-Hispanic)

69.2% 37.1% 6.9%


78.6% 40.1% 3.7%

In summary:n

68.5% of adults are overweight or obese; 34.9% are obese.

31.8% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese; 16.9% are obese.

30.4% of low-income preschoolers are overweight or obese.
Disparities exist based on race-ethnicity, gender, age, geographic region, and socioeconomic status.

Source: Ogden C. L., Carroll, M. D., Kit, B.K., & Flegal K. M. (2014). Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association, 311(8), 806-814.

As validated by the CDC, NCHS, and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,
and as perpetually demonstrated by Oprah Winfrey:

82% of all Black women are either overweight or obese.
57% of all Black women 40–59 years of age are obese.
61% of all Black women over 60 years of age are obese.