States with high obesity rate nearly double since 2018: CDC


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2020 in the figures released on Wednesday. includes figures up to

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Adult obesity rates are on the rise, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting Wednesday that 16 states have at least 35% prevalence of adult obesity, up from nine states in 2018.

A dozen states met the threshold in 2019, and the list of states now includes: “Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware (new this year), Indiana, Iowa (new this year), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi , Ohio (new this year), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (new this year), and West Virginia,” the health agency wrote in a statement.


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The figures released Wednesday include data up to 2020, and stems from the ongoing Behavioral Risk Factor Monitoring System phone survey. The CDC also reported “significant racial and ethnic disparities,” with zero states having high obesity prevalence among non-Hispanic Asian residents and 35 states and the District of Columbia having above 35% obesity rates among non-Hispanic black residents. . inequalities

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Obesity is a common, chronic disease that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and poor mental health, notes the CDC. Obesity also increases the risk of developing a severe form of the COVID-19 disease following a viral infection.

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Additional findings indicated Wednesday that obesity prevalence declined among those with higher education, and the Midwest and South had the highest obesity prevalence, at 34% each, followed by the West and Northeast at 29.3% and 28%, respectively. . Furthermore, adults aged 18–24 were tied with the lowest self-reported obesity rate (19.5%) versus adults aged 45–54 with the highest prevalence of approximately 38%.

“Changing the current course of obesity will require sustained, widespread efforts from all parts of society,” the CDC wrote in a statement. “We will need to acknowledge existing health inequalities and health inequalities and address the social determinants of health such as poverty and lack of health care access if we are to ensure health equity.”

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