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Sunday, 07 September 2014 19:29

Report: U.S. Obesity Rates by State

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A new report from Trust for America's Health lists obesity rates by state.

In 2013 obesity increased in six states, and decreased in none. Southern states had the greatest obesity rates. According to the Dallas Daily News, obesity rates in Texas increased last year to a record 30.9%.

The U.S. government (CDC) released a similar report this week with its own set of obesity-by-state maps. The CDC report found highest obesity rates among minorities (black, Hispanic) and low-income families. According to the CDC, the annual estimated cost of obesity in the U.S. is $147B. In addition, the "medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight."

While some media claim obesity rates are "stabilizing," others say rates are at "historic highs." First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign appeared to improve childhood obesity in 2-5 year-olds but not other age groups. One of the challenges is recognizing that we, and our kids, have a weight problem.

To download the Trust for America's Health report as a PDF file, click here.

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