OBESITY FURTHER ON THE RISE

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Adult obesity appears further on the rise in the US. The rise has been relentless according to government statistics.  The decade-old rise continued in 28 states. The report showing these statistics was put out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Heath. The new report also makes recommendations for a response.

TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
Two thirds of Americans now appear either overweight or obese as defined by a body mass index of 25 or higher.

RISE IN OBESITY HAS BEEN STUNNING
The rise in obesity has been stunningly rapid. Just in 1980, 15% of adults were heavy enough to be considered obese. In 2008 the rate of obesity hit over 25% in 38 States. Only Colorado had a rate less than 20%. While just 10% of health care costs are linked directly to obesity, no one disputes that it is a precursor for more serious problems like diabetes and as well as a national health crisis.

FUELED BY POVERTY AND LOW EDUCATION
Statistics seem to rise in areas of greater poverty and lower levels of education. This is true for Mississippi with the highest obesity rate for adults in the nation – 34%.

ONLY HOPEFUL SIGNS – YOUNG CHILDREN
The only hopeful signs are for young adults whose rates of obesity had either quadrupled (6-11 year olds) or tripled
(teens) since 1970. Their rates have now stabilized since 1999, though they are still exceedingly high at 17%.
The rates for some 2-5 year olds have even declined.

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