Report: State Obesity Rates Continue To Climb

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year, according to a report released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Thirty-eight states have obesity rates above 25% and just one has a rate below 20%, the report indicates. Since 1995, obesity rates have doubled in seven states and increased by at least 90% in 10 others.

According to the report, the rates have grown fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, and slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado and Connecticut. Racial and ethnic minorities, and people with less education or who make less money, continue to have the highest overall obesity rates. “The information in this report should spur us all – individuals and policymakers alike – to redouble our efforts to reverse this debilitating and costly epidemic,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo Mourey, M.D.

07-08-2011 09:36 (EDT)