Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in USA, while Mississippi has the highest suggests a new report by Trust for America’s Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Colorado has 21.3 percent obesity while Mississippi has 35.1 percent. Mississippi has the most adults in US not eating 1 fruit/day. New Hampshire has the fewest. Forty-three states have rates at or above 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. Most of the states with the lowest obesity rates are in the Northeast or in the West. The four states with highest obesity rates also have the most adults who don’t exercise.
California’s adult obesity rate is 24.1 percent, up from 21.5 percent in 2004 and from 9.9 percent in 1990. Rates increased in six states in the past year — Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming.
Washington now has the 32nd highest adult obesity rate in the nation; it’s adult obesity rate is 27.2 percent, up from 21.7 percent in 2004 and from 10.1 percent in 1990. Alaska has the 28th highest adult obesity rate; it’s adult obesity rate is 28.4 percent, up from 23.5 percent in 2004 and from 15.7 percent in 1995. California now has the fifth lowest adult obesity rate, while New York has the 10th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation.
The report establishes that nearly 40% of American adults ages 40 to 59 are obese.
Talking of children and teenagers, Kentucky high school students have the worst obesity rate in US at 18%. Utah is the best at 6.4%. Nearly one out of three children and teens ages 2 to 19 is overweight or obese, and national obesity rates among this age group have remained stable for 10 years. 18 states show declining obesity rates for young kids from low-income families. 40.7% of Latino boys are obese or overweight compared with 27.8% of White boys.
The report suggests some Racial and Ethnic Disparities in obesity. 82% of Black women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2% of White women.