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Obesity In The U.S.

by fat.com
​Worldwide, there are a variety of public health agencies and organizations that currently monitor and research the epidemic of obesity and related diseases. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation’s lead agency working to prevent and control obesity. The CDC compiles annual statistics on obesity trends among adults, children and adolescents in the United States and has also provided an annual state-by-state breakdown of the economic impact of obesity on the U.S. health care system since 1985.
Unfortunately, since the CDC started gathering records in1985, the data shows that the U.S. has seen a steady trend toward more obesity in the population, instead of less. The CDC’s latest report on National Obesity Trends covering 2010 is not much of a shining report card either. According to the 2010 numbers, about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are currently obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 years are also currently obese.
The statistics are not just poor, they’re shocking and show that for the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and the rates still remain high today. CDC studies of obesity prevalence from 2008 showed that the state counties with the highest levels of obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity were concentrated in the Southern and Appalachian states, while the U.S. counties that showed the lowest levels of all three conditions were primarily concentrated in the Northeastern and Western states. The latest CDC numbers for 2010 show that no single state in the nation can claim an obesity level of less than 20%. Thirty-six states currently have obesity levels of 25% or more; and 12 of them (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) have obesity levels of 30% or more.
The CDC data on County-Specific Obesity, Diabetes, and Physical Inactivity Prevalence was collected through the agency’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on the basis of self-reported weight and height statistics for 2010. The CDC’s state-by-state numbers for the percent of obese U.S. adults with a Body Mass Index BMI greater than 30 are listed alphabetically in the table below.
2010 State Obesity Rates
Alabama             32.2 %
Alaska                  24.5 %
Arizona                 24.3 %
Arkansas               30.1 %
Colorado               21.0 %
Connecticut          22.5 %
Delaware              28.0 %
District of Columbia 22.2 %
Florida                   26.6 %
Georgia                 29.6 %
Hawaii                   22.7 %
Idaho                    26.5 %
Illinois                    28.2 %
Indiana                  29.6 %
Iowa                     28.4 %
Kansas                   29.4 %
Kentucky              31.3 %
Louisiana                31.0 %
Maine                    26.8 %
Maryland                27.1 %
Massachusetts        23.0 %
Michigan                30.9 %
Minnesota              24.8 %
Mississippi            34.0 %
Missouri                 30.5 %
Montana               23.0 %
Nebraska              26.9 %
Nevada                22.4 %
New Hampshire     25.0 %
New Jersey           23.8 %
New Mexico          25.1 %
New York             23.9 %
North Carolina       27.8 %
North Dakota        27.2 %
Ohio                    29.2 %
Oklahoma             30.4 %
Oregon                26.8 %
Pennsylvania         28.6 %
Rhode Island        25.5 %
South Carolina   31.5 %
South Dakota        27.3 %
Tennessee            30.8 %
Texas                   31.0 %
Utah                    22.5 %
Vermont              23.2 %
Virginia                26.0 %
Washington          25.5 %
West Virginia      32.5 %
Wisconsin             26.3 %
Wyoming              25.1 %