A decade earlier, about 38 percent of women and 34 percent of men were obese, the study found.
In 25 states adult obesity rates exceeded 30 percent this year, and in five states rates topped 35 percent, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Forty-six states had an obesity rate above 25 percent -- a sharp contrast to when no state topped 25 percent, the report noted. Adult obesity even declined in Kansas. Last year's report, they said, was the first to document any declines in adult obesity rates, with four states showing signs of slimming down.
Studies of children's weight have also noted a leveling off over the past 10 years, plus a recent drop in the number of obese preschoolers. The heart association also supports taxes on sugary drinks, Brown added.
The report found significant geographic and racial differences in obesity. For instance, nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South. West Virginia claimed the nation's highest rate -- 38 percent of its residents are obese.
Colorado has the lowest rates of obesity at 22 percent. Obesity rates top 40 percent for blacks in 15 states, and exceed 35 percent among Latinos in nine states. Whites, on the other hand, have an obesity rate above 35 percent in only one state, the report said. Also of concern, fitness and weight issues keep 25 percent of young adults from entering the military.
To curb obesity, the report recommended legislative action, including: Full funding of prevention efforts at local, state and federal levels.
Maintaining current nutrition standards for school foods, and fully implementing menu labeling rules and the updated Nutrition Facts label. Investing in nutrition assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAPand transportation policies that support physical activity.
Continuing Medicare and Medicaid coverage of services to prevent and treat obesity. More information The U.
Department of Health and Humans Services has tips for keeping kids at a healthy weight.Between 8% – 45% of newly diagnosed cases of childhood diabetes are type II, associated with obesity.
Whereas 4% of Childhood diabetes was type II in , that number has risen to approximately 20%. The rate of children being overweight but not obese reached a peak in and has slowly declined, but obesity rates have remained at about 13% since “The rise in obesity among children in the US is especially troubling,” said Marie Ng, Assistant Professor of Global Health at .
The prevalence of obesity in Canada increased by about 10 percentage points for men and eight for women; in the U.S. it climbed by 10 percentage points for men and 12 percentage points, respectively.
Obesity rates have increased for all population groups in the United States over the last several decades.
Between and , the prevalence of severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m 2) quadrupled from one in two hundred Americans to one in fifty.
Adult obesity rates increased in Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and South Carolina between and , and remained stable in the rest of states.
The adult obesity rate was at or above 35% in seven states and at least 30% in 29 states.
Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults aged 20 and over: United States, – through – National Center for Health Statistics Data, Health E-Stats, July