A new government report says that American men and women are tipping the scales at about 15 pounds more than they did 20 years ago.
The report was published Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, with data collected by researchers from 2011 to 2014.
The findings reveal that the average man, who’s about 5 ft. 9 in., weighs 195.7 lb., while the average woman, almost 5 ft. 4 lb., weighs 168.5 lb.
For men, that’s up by about 15 lb. over the average from 1988–94, while are now more than 16 lb. heavier.
The data also showed that Men and women’s heights are about the same as they two decades ago –so the growth is all outward.
Kids heavier, too
The study also found that, on average, an 11-year-old boy weighs about 13 lb. more now than in 1988–94, and a girls about 7 lb. more.
The study added that boys are about an inch taller than before, while girls remained the same height.
The report offered no causal factor for the increase in weight among modern Americans, but noted that its surely an epidemic of obesity, with more than two-thirds of adults being overweight or obese.
This echoes a June 2016 study that found 40% of American women are now obese.