Module 9. 1: obesity in the united states and worldwide. In the us, about 68% of adults are considered to be overweight or obese: 72. 3% of men and 64. 1% of women, a bmi of 25-29. 9 is considered overweight, a bmi of 30 or higher is considered obese. 72 million adults are classified as obese: 32. 2% of men and 35. 5% of women, african american women have rates as high as 80% for obesity/overweight. 1. 5 billion adults worldwide are overweight, 500 million of them are obese: 155 million children worldwide. Globesity : world health organization (who) projects that by 2015 approximately 2. 3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. Module 9. 2: health effects of overweight and obesity. Increased rates of prostate, endometrial, and uterine cancer. In pregnant women, increased risk of fetal and maternal death, labor and delivery complications, and birth defects.