The Fifty States are Fat

guy-with-fat-belly[1]F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, a report released in July by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are reporting that adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year.

Colorado continued to have the lowest percentage of obese adults at 18.9 percent while Mississippi was the most obese state for the fifth year in a row peaking at 32.5%.  Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4 percent.

What it boils down to…two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight.

What we can do:

  • Ensuring every adult and child has access to coverage for preventive medical services, including nutrition and obesity counseling and screening for obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes;
  • Increasing the number of programs available in communities, schools, and childcare settings that help make nutritious foods more affordable and accessible and provide safe and healthy places for people to engage in physical activity; and
  • Reducing Medicare expenditures by promoting proven programs that improve nutrition and increase physical activity among adults ages 55 to 64.
  • Provide healthy foods and beverages to students at schools;
  • Increase the availability of affordable healthy foods in all communities;
  • Increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity at school;
  • Improve access to safe and healthy places to live, work, learn, and play;
  • Limit screen time; and
  • Encourage employers to provide workplace wellness programs
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