U.S. Obesity Rates Stable but Still High

U.S. Obesity Rates Stable but Still High


(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / ParentingPatch) BY NICHOLE CARTMELL Obesity and bad news usually go hand in hand.
But a new report shows obesity rates remained steady in every state except one last year
— a small sign that the country’s health might be improving. The nation’s obesity rate was maintained in
every state but Arkansas, halting a three-decade trend of near-nationwide increases. That’s
according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
(Via WEWS) ABC points out that this study, along with
others, suggest the obesity epidemic might actually be slowing down. “In 2005, every state but Colorado experienced
an increase in obesity rates. In 2008, rates increased in 37 states. In 2010, rates increased
in 28 states. By 2011, rates increased in 16 states.” A member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation attributes
this decrease to policies that have encouraged people to become more active and eat healthier,
like putting calories on menus, limiting trans fats and instituting bike-share programs. But here’s the kicker: This report also found
that every state has adult obesity rates above 20 percent, and in 13 states that percentage
jumps to 30 percent, mirroring a report recently published by the CDC, which found at least
30 percent of adults were obese in 13 states last year. Louisiana and Mississippi both
led that list with their obesity rates reaching nearly 35 percent. (Via WPDE) So what do all these numbers mean? Well, it
appears obesity rates have reached somewhat of a plateau, but those flat rates are still
rather high — a problem when you take into consideration that obesity remains correlated
with heart disease, stroke, some cancers and diabetes. (Via WGCL) The executive director of the American Public
Health Association puts it this way: “We should look at this flattening and see that
we have to do more. There is a strong tendency to think that we have solved these problems
and then remove resources much too early.” (Via The Kansas City Star)

5 thoughts on “U.S. Obesity Rates Stable but Still High

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  2. The data isn't high enough fidelity to say that it's leveled out, although it's possible.

    However, there's no basis for thinking that obesity rates should plateau at all. The reason is childhood obesity rate. That has increased shockingly in the last 20 years. Those children are now entering adulthood, with a high biological weight setpoint. Obesity as a child is a MUCH stronger predictor of health problems than as an adult.

    There's a coming tidal wave of obesity created by our schools.

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