The South Dominates Obesity Rankings

The South Dominates Obesity Rankings
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 11:14am

UNITED STATES- Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have released their 2011 report about America’s obesity epidemic today.

Topping the list include:

1.Mississippi (34.4%)

2. Alabama (32.3%)

3. West Virginia (32.2%)

4. Tennessee (31.9%)

5. Louisiana (31.6%)

This year, for the first time,  the report examined how the obesity epidemic has grown over the past two decades:

■Over the past 15 years, seven states have doubled their rate of obesity. Another 10 states nearly doubled their obesity rate, with increased of at least 90 percent, and 22 more states saw obesity rates increase by at least 80 percent
■Fifteen years ago, Mississippi had an obesity rate of 19.4 percent and was ranked most obese state in the nation. The obesity rate in Mississippi increased by 77 percent over the last 15 years.
■Since 1995, obesity rates have grown the fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee, and have grown the slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut.
■Ten years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 24 percent, and now 43 states have higher obesity rates than the state that was the highest in 2000.

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state.

Texas ranked as the 12th most obese state while New Mexico came in at 33rd.

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