Obesity Tops 35 Percent in 7 US States

Obesity map reveals more than 35 percent of people in seven US states are dangerously overweight

Nationally, adults without a high school degree had obesity rates of 35.6 percent, compared with 32.9 percent for people with a high school degree, 31.9 percent of people with some college-level education, and 22.7 percent for college graduates.

"This year's State of Obesity report presents a stark illustration of the toll the obesity epidemic continues to take on our nation".

"This state profile includes data on adult and childhood obesity, obesity-related health issues, and policy actions Utah is taking to prevent and reduce obesity", the report said.

The State of Obesity 2018 report revealed that Americans are getting fatter.

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Adult obesity rates increased in Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and SC between 2016 and 2017, and no states saw any declines.

The State of Obesity 2018 report, which is based on 2017 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that the adult obesity rate was above 35 percent in seven states, compared to just five states in last year's report based on 2016 data. The others are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia. According to Trust for America's Health president John Auerbach, there is growing evidence that the trend could be reversed by some prevention programs. "The epidemic continues to put millions of Americans at higher risk for a range of chronic diseases and costs our healthcare system billions of dollars each year".

John Wiesman, the state of Washington's secretary of health, said, "Obesity is a major challenge in almost every state, and our role as public health leaders is to ensure we're doing everything we can to address it". These are typically lower income and rural areas, including many communities of color, the report noted.

West Virginia had the nation's highest drug-overdose death rate in 2015 and was named in a Wallethub study as the least happy state in America. More than 38 percent of adults there have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. Colorado had the lowest obesity rate, at 22.6 percent. That ranks the state in a three-way tie with Florida and New Mexico for 35th overall. Also, hospitals should stop selling or serving sugary drinks. So far, the growth of waistlines across the United States is not slowing down.

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