One In Three Hoosiers Suffer From Obesity

13 Septembre, 2019, 13:38 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • One In Three Hoosiers Suffer From Obesity

Obesity is known to cause serious health problems like type 2 diabetes and it increases the risk for stroke and cancer. "Alternatively, our report highlights the essential adjustments that are necessary in the social and financial disorders that make it tough for people to consume nutritious foodstuff and get ample exercise".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on obesity prevention.

Seven states, including Iowa, have obesity rates over 35 percent.

According to the CDC, Minnesota's obesity rate climbed from 28.4 percent in 2017 to 30.1 percent in 2018. The nine states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia.

The pace of obesity appears to be accelerating.

The national weight problems crisis is finding even worse, according to a new report.

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"The state really needs to step back and say what can we do more of, what evidence-based programs do we need to put in place, and what is a more comprehensive approach to obesity prevention that we need to embrace?" In 2015-2016, the most recent available data, the national adult obesity rate was 39.6% and the national child obesity rate was 18.5%.

As with other studies, the TFAH report shows the close link between obesity and socio-economic conditions.

Those at greatest risk for obesity include people with lower incomes and people of color. Obesity prevalence among black adults was 39.1 percent obesity compared to 33.3 percent among Hispanic adults and 29.3 percent for white adults. Childhood obesity was highest amongst Latino children at 25.8%, while 22% of Black children, 14% of White children, and 11% of Asian children were obese.

Among the policy recommendations are sugary drink taxes, expanded SNAP and WIC nutrition support programs and building an environment that encourages physical activity.

Gracia said she calls this an epidemic because obesity is linked to many major health issues.

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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