Share of U.S. adults who thought obesity was a disease as of 2016, by gender

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed obesity was a disease as of 2016, by gender. As of that year, around 46 percent of women thought obesity was a disease, compared to 29 percent of men.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. who believed obesity was a disease as of 2016, by gender

FemaleMaleTotal
Obesity itself is a disease46%29%38%
Obesity is a risk factor for other diseases, but it is not a disease itself53%70%61%
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Sources

Release date

October 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 11 to September 21, 2016

Number of respondents

1,509 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which statement comes closest to your view of obesity, even if neither is exactly right? Obesity itself is a disease. Obesity is a risk factor for other diseases, but it is not a disease itself."

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