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!

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, Scale with a bright blue tape measure curled on it.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…