According to a recent report, obesity rates in the U.S. have further increased over the last year, with adult obesity rates rising in 23 states.
For the fifth year in a row, Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5%. Three other states – West Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee – also had adult obesity rates in excess of 30%.
In just one state – Colorado – was the adult obesity rate below 20%.
In 1991, not one state had an adult obesity rate above 20%.
Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4%. Minnesota and Utah had the lowest rate at 23.1%.
Childhood obesity rates in the US have more than tripled since 1980.
This is an epidemic, people!