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CDC: Americans are getting shorter and fatter

December 20, 2018 - 9:40 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- America is getting shorter and fatter.

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New data from the CDC shows average weight increases for all groups, but particularly whites and Hispanics.

In the last decade the average weight of men rose about 2 lbs to 198 with a 40 inch waist, for women it jumped 6 lbs to 171 in the past 10 years with a waist around 39 inches. Women are now on average 30 lbs heavier than they were in the 60s.

At 5'9" the average man is also slightly shorter than a decade ago.

Experts say the effects of this change will go farther than just individual health.

"Medical costs to care for patients with obesity are estimated to be as high as $210 billion per year. In addition, obesity is associated with job absenteeism and lower productivity while at work, costing the system more than $6 billion each year," Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, an associate professor of medicine, pediatrics and public health sciences at the Penn State University College of Medicine.

Kraschnewski says unhealthy diets, among other things, are behind the rise in obesity.