From Trust for America's Future & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Today, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, which found U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015. This marks the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases – aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
Some key findings of the report:
- 9 of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South and 22 of the 25 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South and Midwest.
- 10 of the 12 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South.
- American Indian/Alaska Natives have an adult obesity rate of 42.3 percent.
- Adult obesity rates are at or above 40 percent for Blacks in 14 states.
- Adult obesity rates are at or above 30 percent in: 40 states and Washington, D.C. for Blacks; 29 states for Latinos; and 16 states for Whites.
While the report shares new data on adult obesity rates, national data show that over the past decade, childhood obesity rates have stabilized at about 17 percent and are declining among 2- to 5-year-olds. A number of cities, counties and states, including St. Cloud, Minnesota, Cherokee County, South Carolina, Seminole County, Florida, Southern California, Philadelphia, Colorado, and New Mexico, have measured declines in their childhood obesity rates in the last year alone, joining a list of many others from coast to coast. The latest childhood obesity rates and trends are now featured at The State of Childhood Obesity.
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- #ChildObesity data and maps are on #stateofobesity. Check your state profile: http://bit.ly/2bzvN4N
- Are there #SignsofProgress in your state when it comes to child obesity? http://bit.ly/2bzvN4N
- Learn about efforts to help all children grow up at a #healthyweight w/the new #stateofobesity report: http://bit.ly/2bzvN4N
- What is the #stateofobesity in your state? New interactive maps & data released today! http://bit.ly/1tvOWv