Our friends over at the Trust for America’s Health have just come out with their latest obesity study. Three days ago to be exact. I know some of you don’t like it when I mention obesity and weight, but I wanted to at least let you know what the report said so you can draw your own conclusions.
I live in Tennessee, and we have risen in the ranks from the fourth most overweight state to being tied for second. Not the kind of rating any state wants to see. We are just behind Mississippi and tied with Alabama. The only place in America where obesity declined last year was the District of Columbia. Go you guys who live there! You can check out the study to see where your state ranks.
Among the other findings:
ο “More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.”
ο There are differences in the incidence of obesity among socio-economic groups. Those with incomes less than $15,000 a year had an obesity rate of 35.5% whereas those people earning over $50,000 had obesity rates of 24.5%. Neither rate is good – but the disparity is alarming. (My thoughts)
ο “The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight.” I found this interesting that parents aren’t aware of where their children are in terms of a healthy weight.
ο Eight states have obesity rates above 30% – there were four last year. It seems as though obesity awareness isn’t working yet.
ο The south loses all the way around. Ten out of the eleven highest rates of diabetic adults are in the south.
ο The northeast and the western states win – kinda. Colorado only had 19.1% of it’s citizens classified as overweight or obese. Only.
ο Oregon had the lowest incidence of childhood obesity, with under 10% being classified as such.
I found this whole thing a bit depressing. I know here in blog land we are all trying our best to get healthy and pass that message onto our children and family. But it seems that instead of things improving they are getting worse. I don’t have the answers, but thought you all might enjoy seeing the study results.
Is it too late to turn the tide of obesity? Any thoughts on how to fix this? Diane