Navigation Links
Fat Stats: 30% of Adults in 12 States Now Obese
Date:8/13/2012

MONDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Roughly one-third of adults in 12 states are obese, with Mississippi topping the list at 34.9 percent, according to a new analysis of U.S. figures.

Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest adult obesity rates are in the Midwest and the South, found researchers from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation after reviewing data released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced," Jeffrey Levi, executive director at the Trust for America's Health, said in a news release from the nonprofit organization.

"The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans," said Levi. "The bad news is we're not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings."

Aside from Mississippi, the states with the highest obesity rates include Louisiana at 33.4 percent; West Virginia at 32.4 percent; Alabama, 32 percent; and Michigan, 31.3 percent.

Colorado, at the slimmer end of the spectrum, has the lowest percentage of obese adults -- 20.7 percent, followed by Hawaii, 21.8 percent, and Massachusetts, 22.7 percent.

Later this summer, the researchers plan to release the annual edition of a report analyzing regulatory efforts to address the obesity epidemic and providing policy recommendations. The 2012 edition will also forecast 2030 obesity rates in each state and the probable rise in associated diseases and health-care costs. Health-care costs related to obesity typically stem from treating obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, they said.

"Our nation has made important inroads to creating healthier communities," Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in the news release. "Some cities and states that have taken comprehensive action to address the epidemic are beginning to see declines in their obesity rates. But we need to expand and intensify our efforts. Investing in prevention today will mean a healthier tomorrow for our children."

Obesity-related medical costs accounted for nearly 10 percent of total medical spending in 2006, according to a study published last year in Health Affairs.

Obesity is measured using a calculation based on height and weight known as body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 18 to 24 is considered normal weight, while a BMI of 30 or more is obese.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about obesity.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Trust for America's Health, news release, Aug. 13, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
2. EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults
3. Out-of-hand tree nut consumption associated with better diet quality in children and adults
4. Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds
5. Callahan honored for improving older adults health in their doctors offices
6. Anti-tobacco TV ads help adults stop smoking, study finds
7. Researchers determine vitamin D blood level for reducing major medical risks in older adults
8. WSU researches patterns of heavy alcohol use and life commitments in at-risk young adults
9. Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC
10. Employment Prospects Dim for Young Adults With Autism
11. Sleepwalking in Adults More Common Than Thought
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fat Stats: 30% of Adults in 12 States Now Obese
(Date:1/21/2017)... FRANCE (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... the Indian Ocean, isolated from the rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. ... Africa, Phytocéane used key ingredients, Virgin Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... In the United States, 20 million women ... of recovery, they often feel shame for having struggled with an eating disorder as ... the workshop, “Rising Strong in Life After an Eating Disorder” -- to be featured ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at ... the bible in homes across the world. Yisrayl says this generation is a time like ... is to turn to the Bible. , Yisrayl says he does not want to sound ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , ... January 20, 2017 , ... Lice Troopers, the ... cases in families with school-aged children since the holiday season. , “It happens ... with their families, sharing hugs and taking photos, which is the head-to-head gateway that ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... "TransFlare 4K Mystique comes with 44 colorful mysterious transitions ... said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , TransFlare 4K Mystique ... Mystique lens flare and light leak transitions have a very high-dynamic range for super ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... and Webcast to Follow Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: ... the fourth quarter of 2016 on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, after ... ... on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, during which management will discuss the ... activities. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-888-771-4371 (domestic) ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Many patients don,t realize that they may ... pharmacy just a few blocks away charges only $25 ... Medicationdiscountcard.com has created a price comparison engine ... their medication will cost at most nearby pharmacies. ... Medicationdiscountcard.com takes all of the hassle ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... According to a study conducted by Persistence Market Research (PMR), ... of 6.5% during the forecast period 2016-2024. According to the study, ... leading market for cryotherapy globally during the forecast period  ... Highlights from the Report  ... supply of gas in order to provide smoother maintenance services to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: