Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press
Published on Thursday, December 20, 2018 1:47 PM EST
NEW YORK – You do not need to hang a surplus, but you may want to skip holiday cookies.
A new report published on Thursday showed that adults in the US do not get surplus, but they are still getting stronger.
The average American adult is overweight and only a few kilos of obesity, thanks to an average weight gain in all groups – but especially for Caucasians and Hispanics.
Overall, the average height for men actually fell very little in the past decade. There were no changes for women.
One factor may be a change in the country's population. There is an increasing number of Mexican Americans and this group has a tendency to be a little shorter, says one of the report's authors, Cynthia Ogden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Findings come from Health Survey 2015-16 that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 American adults participated.
CDC records date from the early sixties of the last century, when the average person was slightly more than 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 166 kilograms. Now, men are almost 1 inch bigger and more than 30 pounds heavier. But today's average height of 5 feet, 9 inches is about a dozen inches shorter than about ten years ago.
The average woman in the early sixties was 5 feet, 3 inches and 140 pounds. Now, women are on average over half an inch and about 30 pounds heavier. The average height is about the same as the previous decade: 5 feet, 4 inches.
Other research findings:
– In the last decade, the average weight of men has risen to about 2 kilograms, to 198. For women, it has grown 6 kilograms, to almost 171.
– Men have an average 40-inch belt. Women's socks are just under 39 inches.
– The average height of black men and white men is kept steady, just under 5 feet 10.
– Americans from America and Asia Americans are on average about 3 inches shorter than white and black. There was a similar height gap for women.
In 2016, about 18 percent of the national population was Hispanic, compared to around 13 percent in 2000, according to US Census data. Americans of Mexican origin make up almost two thirds of the Swiss population.