That is up from 25 percent when the state ranked 47th, or the fifth lowest previous year. "A record number of states-seven-report adult obesity rates of at least 35 percent", Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, said in a statement.
About 25.3 percent of adults living in the Beehive State are considered obese, according to the report.
Obesity is a crisis that continues to plague OH and the rest of the country, according to an annual report released Wednesday on the state of obesity in America.
Between 2012 and 2017, 31 states had significant increases in their obesity rates and six states - Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and SC - had rates spike between 2016 and 2017.
The obesity rate for black adults was 39 percent, compared with 32.4 percent for Hispanics and 29.3 percent for whites.
From 2012 to 2017, 31 states had statistically significant increases in their obesity rate and no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate during that time period, the report states.
Adult obesity rates increased in Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and SC between 2016 and 2017, and no states saw any declines.
West Virginia had the highest obesity rate at 38.1 percent and Colorado had the lowest with 22.6 percent. "And when the funding goes down, states like Florida and the local communities within the state lose resources".
Health experts say obesity drives an estimated $149 billion annually in health care spending and an extra $66 billion in lowered economic productivity.
"The goal is to create the conditions that encourage healthy behavior", Auerbach said.
Over the last two decades, the U.S. has implemented countless awareness programs aimed at both adults and children to try to combat the obesity epidemic.
The report does point to at least one bright spot in certain settings where policies and programs have made it easier to eat well and exercise.
Maintain nutrition standards for school meals that were in effect prior to USDA's interim final rule from November 2017, as well as current nutrition standards for school snacks.
Some suggestions includes nutrition support programs for low-income households, states ensuring that children receive 60 minutes of physical activity per day, and hospitals no longer selling or serving sugar-sweetened beverages. Medicare would possibly be pleased to composed promote and quilt obesity counseling. Health plans, medical schools, continuing medical education, and public health departments should raise awareness about the need and availability of these services.
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