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Wednesday
Aug152012

Trust for America's Health Analyzes State Obesity Rates

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s report comes alongside Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) analysis of state obesity rates and rankings. The analysis found that the 12 most obese states all had obesity rates over 30%. The most obese state was Mississippi (34.9%), Colorado (20.7%) the least.

“Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director, in a statement. “The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we’re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.”

Later this summer, TFAH will release the 2012 edition of F as in Fat, the annual report that analyzes state obesity rates and policy efforts to address the epidemic, and provides policy recommendations. For the first time, the 2012 report will include a study that forecasts 2030 obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs.

“Our nation has made important inroads to creating healthier communities,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO. “Some cities and states that have taken comprehensive action to address the epidemic are beginning to see declines in their obesity rates. But we need to expand and intensify our efforts. Investing in prevention today will mean a healthier tomorrow for our children.”

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