February 3, 2008
F as in Fat -- Trust for America's Health report on obesity policies
The report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007(dated August 2007 but I just learned of it) contains rankings of state obesity rates and a review of federal and state government policies aimed at reducing or preventing obesity and is available at HealthyAmericans.org. From the August press release:
Adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are failing in America, 2007 report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Twenty-two states experienced an increase for the second year in a row; no states decreased. A new public opinion survey featured in the report finds 85 percent of Americans believe that obesity is an epidemic.
Mississippi topped the list with the highest rate of adult obesity in the country for the third year in a row, and is the first state to reach a rate of over 30 percent (at 30.6 percent). Colorado was the leanest state again this year, however, its adult obesity rate increased over the past year (from 16.9 to 17.6 percent). Ten of the 15 states with the highest rates of adult obesity are located in the South. Rates of adult obesity now exceed 25 percent in 19 states, an increase from 14 states last year and 9 in 2005. In 1991, none of the states exceeded 20 percent.
The report also finds that rates of overweight children (ages 10 to 17) ranged from a high of 22.8 percent in Washington, D.C. to a low of 8.5 percent in Utah. Eight of the ten states with the highest rates of overweight children were in the South.
more (press release)
more (F as in Fat Report)
Thank you to Bix at FanaticCook blog for alerting me to this report.
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