America’s love for salty snacks, sweet foods, and not exercising is getting worse and leading to people getting fatter according to a recent study.
The research study, from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) reports that adult obesity has increased in 16 states and there was no decline in any states. The How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 report, stated that 12 states had an obesity rate over 30 percent. Four years ago there was only one state that had an obesity over 30 percent. Jeff Levi, Ph.D., and executive director of TFAH, said in a recent statement. “There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can’t afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending.”
The south comes in as the worst offender according to the report. Mississippi had the highest obesity rate for the 7th year in a row. Nine out of 10 states in the south are obese with Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee having the fastest obesity growth.
Colorado was the best state with an obesity level under 20 percent. Connecticut and Washington D.C. also came in with a slow obese growth rates. The worst part is that 38 states have an obesity rates over 25 percent. Since 1995 the obesity rate in seven states has doubled and 10 other states increased by at least 90 percent.
As Americans have gotten fatter, diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure have increased. The diabetes rate in eight states has doubled since 1995.
“The information in this report should spur all-individuals and policymakers to redouble our efforts to reverse this debilitating and costly epidemic,” Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A, RWJF president and CEO, said in a statement. There is a great need for understanding foods that help burn fat that works for people trying to lose weight.
Learn more about America Getting Fatter by visiting the Beyond The Curtain site and the Fresh, Hip and Healthy site.