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Obesity Increased in 28 States (Report)

Obesity Increased in 28 States (Report)

The Trust for American Health recently released a report on obesity showing an increase over the last year in 28 states, with a decline only in the District of Columbia.

“Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. Ten of the eleven most obese states are located in the South. The state with highest rate of obesity is Mississippi. Mississippi has been in the number one position for six years in a row. The state with lowest adult obesity rate is Colorado with 19.1 percent. The number of states with high adult obesity rates (30% or more) increased from four to eight. More than two thirds of all states have adult obesity rates over 25 percent. No state had an adult obesity rate above 20 percent in 1991.

Child obesity is also mentioned in the report. The total number of children and adolescents who are obese referenced in the document is 12 million or more. Oregon has the lowest rate of childhood and adolescent obesity at 9.6 percent. Mississippi has the highest at 21.9. The age range for those statistics is 10-17. One third of that population segment is obese. Utah has the lowest rate of children exercising vigorously once a day, at 17.6%. North Carolina had the largest percentage in that category at 38.5%.

While these numbers are troubling to consider, the impact of obesity on millions of people is even more so. According to the report one in three adult Americans has some form of heart disease, and 80 million have type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic. It was also reported that 12 states showed an increase in the number of adults saying they engage in no physical activity.

So why did obesity increase in so many states? The report identifies the relationship between income and education levels with increased obesity. The less income and education an American has, the more likely it is they will be obese, says the report. Other factors include regional cultural issues, exercise levels, and family of origin issues. Clearly the overall picture is very complex and the contributing factors require more research, and discussion.

It is noted that a variety of government programs at the federal and state levels have been put into place. However, the effectiveness of those efforts is still being debated.

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8:25AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Go Vegan !

1:34AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Shocking picture.

11:55PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

I don't understand how someone could let their child become very overweight or obese. If someone is starving their child it is considered cruelty and neglect yet if someone over feeds their child and lets them sit around and not exercise it is not considered cruelty and neglect!? Either way you are killing your child!

5:18AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

This is very alarming.

12:04AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Yes, John S portion control does work wonders but it isn't the entire package. When I was younger the foods weren't as highly processed/full of chemicals as they are now. Also, as mentioned by others if one has less income one often ends up buying foods that aren't all that good for you. We spent much of our time outside in our youth, there were always parks to go to, wilderness areas close by but children today spend much of their time in a state of inertia in front of the computer /TV/ other forms of entertainment which doesn't involve exercise. While I don't live in the States one can see changes in the population with increasing rates of obesity in many countries.

Meat from factory farms is full of growth hormones and antibiotics. Too much so! One can avoid this buy purchasing organic meat but if a family takes children out for fast food especially if the child sees endless advertising as already mentioned here they end up eating unhealthy factory farm products.

Corrine R with the black background profile photo splattered in blood saying: "My food doesn't scream" says that:

"Look at where your food is coming from, teach children what meat actually is...."

Well actually my asparagus screams loudly went I cut it off the stalks and my plum wails after it is pulled from the tree and pity the poor chopped broccoli. If one eats meat then organic meat is safe if you eat small portions the size of a deck of cards and one needn't eat meat every day. A steak cas

12:04AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

isn't a great idea even if one is a Texan or an Albertan. Eat a balanced diet, avoid the factory farm stuff which is full of toxins and wastes resources compared to organically raised meat.

Dangerous foods also include veggies laden with pesticides unless you grow your own and don't spray them or buy organic. Sadly a lot of low income families buy cheaper foods which isn't at all organic.

Russ L many people are obese because of their diet/lifestyle but never forget there are exceptions because of the medications people take for illnesses and also some diseases such as Cushing's Syndrome (rare), hypothyroidism and polycystic ovary syndrome (cysts), genetics and major depression to name a few. Sitting on the White Throne Of Judgement is not always applicable in some cases but illnesses certainly cause a limited amount of obesity. Not everyone is a couch potato and weight hatred also produces teens with anorexia/bulimia as well as an entire industry of anorexic super models There is a extreme in eating habits on both ends of the scale (pun not intended). Who knows what GMO foods will down over time as well? Monsanto's field of horrors.

When I was a kid we walked more, we played hard and long hours outside, our food was not as refined as it is now, I certainly make it a point to cook from scratch rather than fast food/frozen dinners.

10:36PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Re income. If people don't have much to spend on food they often seem to go for prepackaged or cheap take away moving away from fruit and vegies which we need for health.

3:47PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Obese or starving, thank you for article.

3:46PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Obese or starving, thank you for article.

3:46PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Obese or starving, thank you for article.

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