Seven US states UU They have obesity rates of at least 35 percent, revealed a new map.
More than a third of adults in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia are dangerously overweight, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is a slight increase since 2016 when the prevalence of obesity was 35 percent or more in five states.
Colorado fared relatively well with an obesity rate of only 22.6, while West Virginia had the worst rate with 38.1 percent.
Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia have obesity rates of 35 percent or more, according to a new CDC map.
The data comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is a telephone survey conducted by the CDC and the state health departments.
In addition to having the highest prevalence of obesity, West Virginia also led the nation in the percentage of adults with diabetes in 15.2.
West Virginia had the highest rate of deaths from drug overdoses in 2015 and was named in a Wallethub study as the least happy state in the United States.
The CDC report revealed that obesity rates increased as the level of education declined.
Adults without a high school diploma had an obesity rate of 35.6 percent compared to 32.9 percent of adults with a high school diploma, 31.9 percent of adults with some college and 22.7 percent of adults with a high school diploma. the university graduates.
The discrepancies were also evident between the races. The prevalence of obesity among black adults stood at 39 percent of the obesity rate compared to 32.4 percent among Hispanic adults and 29.3 percent for white adults.
Pollsters also found that middle-aged adults were twice as likely to be obese as young adults.
Those who are between 18 and 24 years old have an obesity rate of 16.5 percent, while those in the group of 45 to 54 have a rate of 35.8 percent.
"The South and the Midwest were once again the regions of the United States with the highest prevalence of obesity, with 32.4 percent and 32.3 percent, respectively.
Between 2012 and 2017, 31 states had significant increases in their obesity rates and six states: Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina, had an increase in rates between 2016 and 2017.
Obesity is known as a risk factor for several chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and even certain types of cancer.
Health officials say that addressing the obesity epidemic will not only lead to better health outcomes but will also reduce medical costs.
In 2012, a study from Cornell University in New York found that obesity accounts account for about 21 percent of total health care costs in the United States, approximately $ 190.2 billion per year.
Obesity continues to affect more than one third of adults in the US UU., And experts have warned that this proportion will only grow as younger generations do.
In the last two decades, EE. UU It has implemented innumerable awareness programs aimed at both adults and children to try to combat the obesity epidemic.
Former first lady Michelle Obama became a pet for healthier children while her husband was in charge, spearheading the "Let's Move" campaign, designed to motivate children to eat healthier and stay active in an effort to promote general health.
In its report, the CDC called for strategies at both the federal and state levels to address the epidemic.
Some suggestions include nutrition support programs for low-income households, states that ensure that children receive 60 minutes of physical activity per day and hospitals that no longer sell or serve sugar-sweetened beverages.