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Monday, May 7, 2012

New Report: Adult Obesity Rates Rise in 37 States; it is common, serious and costly

Millions of Americans are watching our countrymen compete in the Olympics. But fewer and fewer of us bear any resemblance to those lean, fit figures.

The latest annual state-by-state obesity rankings don't paint a pretty picture:
  • Number of states in which adult obesity rates went up: 37
  • Number of states in which adult obesity rates went down: 0
Obesity is common, serious and costly
  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. [Read data brief Adobe PDF file]
  • No state has met the nation's Healthy People 2010External Web Site Icon goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15%. The number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30% or more has increased to 12 states in 2010. In 2009, nine states had obesity rates of 30% or more. In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more. [Read article]
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death. [Read guidelinesExternal Web Site Icon]
  • In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs paid by third-party payors for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summaryExternal Web Site Icon- DNPAO - CDC
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