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How Fat is Too Fat?

An infographic about where healthy stops. The skinny jeans aren’t feeling so skinny anymore. You’re not sleeping well. Your cravings for a chocolate covered anything are through the roof. May you’ve ‘let it go’ a little bit, but just how much is too much?


No two people are the same so it’s best not to rely on the number on the scale to gauge healthiness. Instead ranges of body fat percentage are a better way to check on your specific body composition.

What Are the Stats?

68% of Americans are overweight or obese.

The average American is more than 24lbs heavier today than in 1960.

A recent study showed that 75% of men, and 67% of women, ages 25 and older are now overweight or obese – a huge increase from even 20 years ago!

Obesity in the US has more than doubled over the past four decades. Sedentary adults eat an average of 500-800 calories more a day than needed to maintain weight. At that rate you will gain 1-1.5 pounds/week!

Where Do We Go From Here?

Don’t worry there’s good news! You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to feel better. Even when you lose 5% of your body weight, you can start seeing an improvement in sleep quality, fewer cravings, lower blood pressure and an increased metabolism.

Written by bistroMD Team. Published on December 02, 2015. Updated on April 30, 2019.


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