"The groundwork of all happiness is health." - Leigh Hunt

More states with high obesity prevalence added to the list

September 22, 2023 – In 22 states across the country, a couple of in three adults suffers from obesity, based on latest data released Thursday by the CDC. That's up from 19 states in 2021 and none a decade ago.

Obesity occurs when an individual's weight exceeds what is taken into account healthy for his or her height.

Nationally, no state has an obesity rate below 20%, meaning that in every state, at the least one in five people is obese.

The agency called for greater emphasis on improving people's access to health care, healthy and reasonably priced food, and secure places for physical activity.

The latest figures “send a clear message that additional support for obesity prevention and treatment is an urgent priority,” said Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in a opinion“Obesity is a disease caused by many factors, including eating habits, physical activity, sleep habits, genetics and certain medications. This means there is no one-size-fits-all approach.”

The 22 states where 35% or more of adults were obese in 2022 are: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A review of obesity data for racial or ethnic groups on the state level found that individuals with dark skin are more affected by the disease of obesity. When CDC analysts examined racial or ethnic groups individually by state, they found:

  • 14 states where at the least 35% of white adults are obese.
  • 32 states where at the least 35% of Hispanic adults are obese.
  • 33 states where at the least 35% of American Indian or Alaska Native adults are obese.
  • 38 states where at the least 35% of black adults are obese.

Washington, DC, was the one a part of the U.S. where lower than 25% of adults were obese. The highest obesity rates were in Louisiana (40%), Oklahoma (40%), and West Virginia (41%).

In the CDC's annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey, which surveys greater than 400,000 people annually, participants reported being obese.

Obesity increases the danger of many other serious diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, mental health problems and severe effects of COVID-19.

The CDC offers the next tricks to combat obesity:

  • Eat healthy by selecting the National dietary guidelinese.g. by eating mostly vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy products and protein foods while limiting sugar, saturated fats, sodium and alcohol.
  • Achieve the extent of physical activity really helpful by National guidelines for physical activityfor instance, at the least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, preferably spread over at the least three days for many adults.
  • Participate in community efforts to enhance opportunities for healthier eating and physical activity.
  • If you weigh greater than really helpful, shed pounds to scale back the danger of chronic diseases.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways to forestall and treat obesity.