Thursday, September 12, 2019

Obesity Rates at Historic Highs

State of Obesity: U.S. Obesity Rates at Historic Highs
9 States Reach Adult Obesity Rates of 35 Percent or More
The 16th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, released today by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) reports on obesity rates for every state and the District of Columbia and by racial and ethnic groups, age and gender.

Newly released data show that obesity rates are at 35 percent or higher in 9 states – up from 7 last year – and that racial, ethnic, gender and geographic disparities in obesity rates continue to persist.

The report includes 31 recommendations for policy action by federal, state and local government, across several sectors, designed to improve people’s access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. The recommendations are grounded in two key principles: the complexity of the obesity crisis requires multi-sector interventions and a systems approach, and, interventions should focus on communities with the highest levels of obesity first as a matter of health equity and because such interventions offer the best opportunity to impact the problem.

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