Average 16 year old … Trends in Height and Weight

Height and Weight

Morphing bodies of teens is drawing major concerns

1994 – An average 16-year-old boy was 5’9” and weighed 145 lbs. At the same time a 16 year-old girl averaged 5’4.1” in height and weighed 123.8 lbs. A total of 13.7% of teens in 1994 were considered obese

2014 – Today an average 16-year-old boy is 5’10” and weighs 155.5 lbs and a 16 year-old girl averages 5’4.5” in height and weighs 129.1 lbs. Over the past 20 years obesity rates have skyrocketed to 27.9%

2034 – Following the same trend lines between 1994 and 2014, an average 16-year-old boy will be 5’11” tall, weighing 166 lbs. 16 year-old girls will average 5’4.9” in height and weigh 134.5 lbs.

While there are some hopeful signs that obesity rates are beginning to level off, an actual “cure” for obesity is still only a dream. The obesity problem is far more than sugary drinks and portion control. It involves sedentary lifestyles, food selection, parental involvement, personal relationships, peer groups, and much more.

Our hope for returning to pre-1994 body weights by 2034 is difficult to conceive within that timeframe barring some major breakthrough drug or treatment.

via FuturistSpeaker.com  » Life as a Teenager in 1994, 2014, and 2034 – What a difference a generation makes! – Part 2.

2 thoughts on “Average 16 year old … Trends in Height and Weight

  1. I think this doesn’t factor in a few things… my boys are active and athletes. Their weight, while “average”, is a lean muscular look and in no way represented by this picture. If they were any smaller they would be crushed on the field.

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