The States With The Highest Rates Of Obesity
One third of U.S. adults are obese along with one in six children, according to a new report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Back in 2000, no state had an obesity rate higher then 25%. According to the report, the adult obesity rate in 2016 exceeded 35% in five states, 30% in 25 states and 25% in 46 states, though the trend is starting to stabilize and actually decline in some places. Obesity levels increased in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia and decreased in Kansas, while remaining stable everywhere else.
The progress in stabilizing the trend of growing waistlines can be attributed to state policies improving access to healthy food and increasing physical activity. Early childhood education is particularly effective at preventing obesity early on, instead of having to reverse the problem in later life. When it comes to the states posting the highest rates of adult obesity, West Virginia leads the way, recording 37.7% in 2016. Mississippi comes close behind with 37.3%, while both Alabama and Arkansas jointly round off the top three with 35.7% each.