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American adult wider, no longer | Health

NEW YORK – You do not have to hang the mistletoe higher, but you may want to skip the cookies. A report released today shows that American adults do not get anymore – but they get fatter. 19659002] The average American adult is overweight and only a few pounds from obesity, due to average weight gain in all groups – but especially white and hispanics. Overall, the average height for men actually fell a lot slightly over the past decade. There was no change for women. A factor may be shifted in the country's population. There is a growing number of Mexican Americans, and the group tends to be a bit shorter, says one of the report's author Cynthia Ogden from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The results come from a health 201 5-16 survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 US adults participated. CDC records dates to the early 1960s, when the average man was just over 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 166 pounds. Now men are almost 1 inch longer and more than 30 pounds heavier. But today's average height of 5-foot-9 is about a tenth of a inch shorter than a decade ago. The average woman in the early 1960s was 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds. Now women are half a inch higher and about 30 pounds heavier on average. The average height is approximately the same as it was a decade earlier: 5-foot-4. Other research findings: • In the…

NEW YORK – You do not have to hang the mistletoe higher, but you may want to skip the cookies.

A report released today shows that American adults do not get anymore – but they get fatter. 19659002] The average American adult is overweight and only a few pounds from obesity, due to average weight gain in all groups – but especially white and hispanics.

Overall, the average height for men actually fell a lot slightly over the past decade. There was no change for women.

A factor may be shifted in the country’s population. There is a growing number of Mexican Americans, and the group tends to be a bit shorter, says one of the report’s author Cynthia Ogden from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results come from a health 201

5-16 survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 US adults participated.

CDC records dates to the early 1960s, when the average man was just over 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 166 pounds. Now men are almost 1 inch longer and more than 30 pounds heavier. But today’s average height of 5-foot-9 is about a tenth of a inch shorter than a decade ago.

The average woman in the early 1960s was 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds. Now women are half a inch higher and about 30 pounds heavier on average. The average height is approximately the same as it was a decade earlier: 5-foot-4.

Other research findings:

• In the last decade, the average weight in men increased about 2 pounds to 198. For women, it increased 6 pounds to almost 171.

• Men have an average of 40 inches of waistline. The waistline of women is just under 39 inches.

• The average height of black men and white men has remained steady, just under 5 feet-10.

• Mexican-American and Asian Americans are about 3 inches shorter than white and black.

In 2016, about 18 percent of the nation’s population was Latin America, up from about 13 percent in 2000, according to US census figures. Mexico-Americans account for almost two-thirds of the Hispanic-speaking population.

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