Adult Obesity Continues To Rise In Majority Of U.S. States

August 20, 2008

A new report released by the non-profit Trust for America's Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has found that despite major efforts, obesity continues to rise in the majority of states in the U.S.Washington (ChattahBox) – A new report released by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has found that despite major efforts, obesity continues to rise in the majority of states in the U.S.

Overall, they found that 37 states in the U.S. saw an overall increase in the obesity rate among adults.

This comes despite major public efforts to help promote better diets, exercise, etc.

The only state to see a decrease in the adult obesity rate over the past year was the District of Columbia, which went down 0.1%.

In 28 of the states in the U.S., 25% of all adults are now considered obese. This in itself is a major jump from the 19 states a year ago.

Obesity was also linked to poverty, as 7 out of the 10 states who were considered to be the most obese, were also in the top 10 for poverty.

Even wealthy states though such as Connecticut had an obesity rate above 20%.

In terms of geography, the obesity rate was the highest in the South, as it had 11 out of the 15 most obese states.

This data was all published in the report F As In Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2008.


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