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Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographic: Being Overweight or Obese

Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographic: Being Overweight or Obese.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing heart disease.

Overweight/Obesity by Age
20s: 52% overweight, 29% obese
30s: 61% overweight, 35% obese
40s: 65% overweight, 37% obese
50s: 66% overweight, 42% obese


Knowing your BMI (Body Mass Index)
Underweight below 18.5
Normal 18.5-24.0
Overweight 25.0-29.9
Obese 30 and above


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Today/30 years ago
Specialty coffee: 350 cal., Coffee with whole milk and sugar 45 cal.
Cheeseburger: 590 cal., 257 cal.


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Last Updated: September 6, 2012

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