Americans are a little taller, but a lot heavier than forty years ago
Adults are an inch taller than they were in 1960, but that is not enough to compensate for the fact that they are an average of 25 pounds heavier, according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report shows that the average height of an adult male age 20 to 74 increased from 5'8" in 1960 to 5'9" in 2002. His average weight increased from 166 pounds to 191 pounds.
The average woman of the same age in 1960 was 5'3" tall and weighed 140 pounds, while the average woman in 2002 was 5'4" and weighed 164 pounds.
Older men had the largest weight difference in the last 40 years with men between the ages of 60 and 74 being 33 pounds heavier on average compared to 1960.
Women age 20 to 29 experienced the largest weight gain over the 40 years with young women are an average of 29 pounds heavier now than in 1960.
The average weight and height of children has increased as well.