A survey initiated in 2014 showed that the highest obesity rates are the United States is in the Midwest. The South was a close second, housing almost half of the states with the highest obesity prevalence in the country.
The report is called The State of Obesity, it appears annually and its job is to track obesity rates state by state across the country. The report of the last year was published recently and it shows that in 3 states, more than one third of the population could be considered obese, precisely 35%. While at 21%, Colorado had the smallest rate of all the states. Moreover, the survey also found that 30% of the population in more than 20 states was obese.
Of the most shocking statistics the report gathered was the fact that 40% of West Virginia’s population with an age between 26 and 64 are currently obese. Another concerning data was that 10 of the states with the highest diabetes rates are from the South and that about 5% of American children are obese by the time they hit the 10 years mark.
Researchers added that back in the 1980s the obesity rate never spiked above 15% in any state, while in the 1990s no state had an obesity rate of more than 20%.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 33% of the US adult population is obese, whereas the rate is of about 17% for children. The rates are as alarming they can get, placing the United States in the top 10 of the most obese countries in the world.
Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stoke are only some of the many obesity related conditions, which also are some of the most spread causes of preventable death. Naturally, the United States is in a leading position when it comes to such rates as well.
However, Jeffrey Levi, director of the Trust for America’s Health non-profit organization said that their efforts to prevent and reduce the obesity issues during the last couple of years actually made quite a big difference.
The report suggests: “The biggest dividends are gained by starting in early childhood, promoting good nutrition and physical activity so children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.” Researchers also recommend other effective prevention methods that would prevent obesity, such as making streets safer for walking (as America’s Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy suggested two weeks ago), improving school meals and increasing preventing services.
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