• Adult Obesity Rates in the U.S. Rose Last Year
  • March 25, 2015 | Author: Stephen J. Burg
  • Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
  • According to a new report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, adult obesity rates in the U.S. increased in six states last year and didn't fall in any.

    The report is based on federal government information and it stated Alaska (28.4 percent), Delaware (31.1 percent), Idaho (29.6 percent), New Jersey (26.3 percent), Tennessee (33.7 percent) and Wyoming (27.8 percent) all saw their obesity rates rise in 2013.

    Mississippi and West Virginia are now tied for the highest rate of adult obesity in the U.S. at 35.1 percent. In 20 states, the occurrence of obesity is between 30 and 35 percent.

    Not a single state decreased the number of obese adults within their borders and as of 2013, no state had a rate of less than 21 percent. Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate at 21.3 percent.

    The data also revealed correlations between geographic area, race, income and obesity:
    • Nine of the 10 most obese states are located in the South.
    • In 41 states, the rate of obesity in Blacks is 30 percent or higher and in 11 states, the rate is 40 percent or more.
    • For Latinos, the number of obese adults was more than 30 percent in 23 states.
    • People who made less than $15,000 a year are more likely to be obese than people who earn at least $50,000 annually.
    The obesity rate for children is also concerning, according to the source. Child obesity rates have leveled off but nearly 1 in 3 children between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese. More than 1 in 10 children become obese before the age of 5. There are also racial disparities in childhood obesity rates, with Black (22.4 percent) and Hispanic (20.2 percent) child obesity rates remaining well above the rate of White (14.1 percent) child obesity.