Adult Obesity Continues to Rise in 16 States

Adult Obesity Continues to Rise in 16 States

Adult Obesity Continues to Rise in 16 States

No states saw a decline in adult obesity rates in the past year, and 16 states saw increases according to the new F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future report. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health worked together to collect the data. 12 out of 50 states have more than 30% of their population considered obese. In 2007 only one state had such a high rate of obesity.

Obesity rates are continuing to be the highest in the Southern part of the country. 90% of the top 10 worst states are located in the region. Mississippi has topped the list again for the 7th year in a row. Colorado remains at the bottom of the list and was the only state this year reporting under 20% obesity among its population. This year’s report also examined changes in the obesity rate over the last 20 years. 20 years ago there were no states with a rate over 15%, but now 38 states have rates over 25%.

10 states have seen a 90% increase in obesity levels and seven states have doubled their rates over the past 20 years. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Alabama saw the fastest rises and Connecticut and Colorado have grown the slowest.

Obesity is linked to some of the most serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Data in the new report also shows comparable rises in these diseases with the climbing rate of obesity. Ethnic minority groups and adults falling in the lowest educational and income categories are the most likely to be obese. 15 states have over 40% of their African American populations over the obese weight limit. 33% of adults earning less than $15,000 were also over the weight limit.


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