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Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight


According to a new report published by Trust for America’s Health, Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5 percent, making it the fifth year in a row that the state topped the list. Four states now have rates above 30 percent, including:

  • Mississippi (31.2 percent)
  • Alabama (31.2 percent)
  • West Virginia (31.1 percent)
  • Tennessee (30.2 percent).

Eight of the 10 states with the highest percentage of obese adults are in the South. Colorado continued to have the lowest percentage of obese adults at 18.9 percent.

Adult obesity rates now exceed 25% in 31 states and exceed 20% in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15 percent. Sixteen states experienced an increase for the second year in a row, and 11 states experienced an increase for the third straight year.

Source: F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). July 2009.http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2009/

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July 8, 2009 - Posted by | Chronic conditions, Cost, healthcare | , ,

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