Obesity tops 35 percent in 7 U.S. states
| Report calls for government mandated exercise
| HealthDay News – Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals.
That’s up from five states two years ago.
Moreover, no state had a notable improvement in its obesity rate over the previous year, according to the report.
“America’s obesity epidemic continues to have serious health and cost consequences for individuals, their families and our nation,” said John Auerbach, president of Trust for America’s Health.
States with obesity rates of 35 percent or more now include Iowa and Oklahoma. The others are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia.
The findings represent a troubling trend, given that in 2012 no state had an obesity rate of 35 percent or more.
Now in every state, at least 1 in 5 adults is obese.
In West Virginia, more than 38 percent of adults have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, at just 22.6 percent.
Overall, 22 states had adult obesity rates between 30 and 35 percent, the report said.
U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data indicate that white obesity rates hover around 38 percent, compared with about 47 percent among blacks and Hispanics.
The report offered recommendations for government policymakers.
Among them: States should mandate at least 60 minutes of physical education or activity during each school day. Read the full report at HealthDay News.
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