September 29th, 2014
Just in time for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released their eleventh annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014 (formerly known as the F as in Fat report). The 2014 report was also supported by a grant from the RWJF.
The 136-page report found that adult obesity rates have increased in six states (Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Wyoming). They have not decreased in any state.
State-by-state, forty-three states have an adult obesity rate of 25 percent or more. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates at 35.1 percent. Colorado has the lowest rate, at 21.3 percent. According to the press release, this reporting period marks the first time a state adult obesity rate has surpassed 35 percent.
In addition, obesity rates are highest among Hispanics, blacks, Southerners, and people with lower incomes and less education. Read the rest of this entry »