Failing to Lose the Fat- Adult Obesity Rates Increased in 2009
Obesity rates now top 25% in 75% of the states, with Colorado being the only state coming in under 20%., according to the report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010,” released this week by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, 38 states have adult obesity rates higher than 25%. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate greater than 20%.
Obesity seems to be more highly concentrated in the South, where 10 out of 11 states with the highest rates are located. Obesity also appears to be more common among lower-income individuals. The report indicated 35.3% of people making less than $15,000 annually were obese, compared with 24.5% earning $50,000 or more.
The report included recommended actions that could be taken at federal, state and community levels to reduce obesity rates nationwide.
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