Indiana Obesity Rate Inches Up, State Ranks 15th Worst

Study puts Alabama U.S. obesity rates at historic highs

Study puts Alabama U.S. obesity rates at historic highs

Back in 2012, no state had an obesity rate higher than 35%.

A new report based on federal health data indicates the percentage of adults in the state considered obese rose from 28.4-percent in 2017 to 30.1-percent past year. Now, Mississippi and West Virginia are tied for the worst rate with close to 40%. "Instead, our report highlights the fundamental changes that are needed in the social and economic conditions that make it challenging for people to eat healthy foods and get sufficient exercise", he added.

Obesity is known to cause serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and it increases the risk for stroke and cancer.

According to the CDC, Minnesota's obesity rate climbed from 28.4 percent in 2017 to 30.1 percent in 2018.

The pace of obesity appears to be accelerating.

The firm Have faith in for America's Wellness released the report that analyzed details from all 50 states, which include newly produced data from the Facilities for Ailment Handle and Prevention's Behavioral Possibility Element Surveillance Process and investigation by TFAH. In 2015-2016, the most recent available data, the national adult obesity rate was 39.6% and the national child obesity rate was 18.5%. Lower-income people, and people of color, who are more likely to live in "food deserts" and neighborhoods that discourage physical activity, and who are the target of junk food marketers, are also at elevated risk.

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Among adults, the latest data show that as of 2015-2016, about 47% of Hispanic and black Americans were obese, compared with about 38% of whites and almost 13% of Asians.

Childhood obesity rates were highest among Hispanics (25.8%) and blacks (22%), compared with 14% of whites and 11% of Asians, the findings showed.

The report recommends policies to improve outcomes including increased nutrition support program participation, better park access and more coverage for obesity prevention.

Gracia said she calls this an epidemic because obesity is linked to many major health issues.

Cover pediatric weight management programs and services in Medicaid.

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