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Jul072011

New Report Shows America is Getting Fatter

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 8th annual report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011" -- which assesses obesity rates in individual states -- does not contain surprising findings:  America is getting fatter. 

Adult obesity rates have increased in 16 states over the past year, with not a single state reporting a decrease. 

Here are some additional obesity-related findings:

- 20 years ago, no state had an obesity level above 15%; now, only 1 state has an obesity rate below 20% (Colorado).

- Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995.

- 12 states have obesity rates above 30%:  Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

- Highest rate of obesity:  Mississippi with 34.4%; lowest rate of obesity: Colorado with 19.8%.

Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and high blood pressure; rates of these two conditions have risen in parallel with obesity:

- Diabetes rates have increased in 11 states and Washington DC over the last year.

- In 1995, 4 states had diabetes rates over 6%.  Now, 43 states have diabetes rates over 7%, and 8 states have more than 10% of their population diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

- In 1995, 37 states had hypertension rates over 20%; now all do and 9 are over 30%.

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the president of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the foundations publishing this report, says that “the information in this report should spur us all -- individuals and policymakers alike -- to redouble our efforts to reverse this debilitating and costly epidemic.”

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