How Obesity Is Threatening America’s Future

obese man eating whole pizza( — The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recently issued its annual report on obesity trends across the United States. The report indicates that adult obesity rates are now above 30% in 12 states, compared to just one state above 30% four years ago.

Report Highlights:

MS: most obese, adult rate 34.4%
CO: least obese, adult rate 19.8%
OK, AL, TN: fastest growth in obesity rates
DC, CO, CT: slowest growth in obesity rate

The Country Is Getting Bigger…

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.

The obesity epidemic continues to be most dramatic in the South, which includes nine of the 10 states with the highest adult obesity rates. States in the Northeast and West tend to have lower rates. Mississippi maintained the highest adult obesity rate for the seventh year in a row, and Colorado has the lowest obesity rate and is the only state with a rate under 20 percent.