The average weight for a woman is 164.7 pounds, as of 2014. The average weight for a man is 194.7 pounds. Men have an average height of 69.4 inches and average waist circumference of 39.7 inches. Women's average height is 63.8 inches, and their average waist circumference is 37 inches.
Body weight is measured in the United States in pounds. It is measured in kilograms in most other areas of the world. In the United Kingdom, body weight is stated in stones and pounds.
Excessive body weight, or obesity, is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide as of 2014. Obesity rates are increasing in both adults and children, and health experts view it as one of the most significant threats to public health. Obesity is a medical diagnosis involving excess body fat accumulating to such a great extent that it can impact health and life expectancy. Obesity increases risk of some diseases, including certain cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The primary treatments for obesity are cutting calorie intake and increasing physical activity. Improving diet quality by eating fewer foods high in fats and sugars and eating more foods high in fiber can assist in the treatment of obesity. Some drugs are available to assist in reducing appetite. In extreme cases of obesity, patients sometimes undergo surgery to reduce the size of the stomach.