Ask Mr. Pedometer and Friends…

December 26, 2018

Q: Mr. Pedometer, perhaps you can settle a disagreement between me and my brother: I say that each generation of Americans is getting bigger, but he says that no longer is true. Which of us is correct?

A: In a way, both of you are: Americans are not getting taller, but we ARE getting heavier!Scale with bright blue tape measure curled on top of it

The Associated Press reported in our local newspaper the recently released results of a 2015-16 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention involving over 5,000 USA adults. Their findings included the following:

  • “The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, thanks to weight increases in all groups – but particularly whites and Hispanics.”

  • Overall, the average height for men actually fell very slightly over the past decade. There was no change for women.”
  • “One factor may be the shift in the country’s population: There’s a growing number of Mexican-Americans, and that group tends to be a little shorter….”
  • “CDC records date back to the early 1960’s, when the average man was a little over 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 166 pounds. Now men are almost an inch taller and more than 30 pounds heavier.”

  • But today’s average height of 5 feet, 9 inches is about a tenth of an inch shorter than a decade ago.”
  • “The average woman in the early 1960’s was 5 feet, 3 inches and 140 pounds. Now, women are half an inch taller and about 30 pounds heavier, on average. The average height is about the same as it was a decade earlier: 5 feet, 4 inches.”

That report just confirms my sign-off advice: We all need to…