US Men? Don’t Even Ask
A new CDC report puts America's current excess weight reality in some graphic perspectives. The average U.S. woman today weighs as much (166.2 pounds) as the average U.S. man did (166.3 pounds) in the early 1960s. As for the average U.S. man, he now weighs as much (195.5 pounds) as one and a half 1960s women. The average American now weighs 33 pounds more than the average Frenchman, 40 pounds more than the average Japanese, and 70 pounds more than the average Bangladeshi. The average American male now weighs 30 more pounds -- the equivalent of a typical pre-schooler -- than he did 50 years ago. But that increase, a 17.6 percent gain, is topped by that of U.S. women over that period, at 18.5 percent. A silver lining: some added weight is due to our one inch gain in average height.