Monday, August 27, 2007

Obesity Rates - still on the rise :(

I thought the obesity epidemic is plateauing. Well, News Flash! Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise. A new report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) showed that in 31 states, obesity rates got worse in the past year. State of Washington is actually one of them. Moreover, all states fail to meet the national goal of reducing adult obesity levels to 15 percent by the year 2010. The adult obesity rate of the State of Washington is 22.4 percent, ranking it the 31st heaviest in the nation, according to TFAH's report titled "F as in Fat". Mississippi is top of the list. Colorado continues to be the leanest.

The report noticed that 16 states and Washington, D.C. have passed taxes on junk food or sodas, including Arkansas, California, D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

The full report with complete state rankings in all categories is available on TFAH's Web site at The report was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.