Sunday, July 19, 2009

Two-Thirds of Americans Are Overweight or Obese

As I read the health news recently, I found a report with the latest findings on obesity in America. According to the startling statistics in a new report, Americans are still suffering from high rates of obesity and overweight. The report also has some positive recommendations to combat obesity, as listed below.

Here are highlights of the report, from the press release:

Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight.

In addition, the percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.

Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year.

Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity. Four states now have rates above 30 percent, including Mississippi (32.5 percent), Alabama (31.2 percent), West Virginia (31.1 percent), and Tennessee (30.2 percent).

Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4 percent. Minnesota and Utah had the lowest rate at 23.1 percent. Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of obese and overweight children are in the South. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since 1980.

The report also calls for a National Strategy to Combat Obesity that would define roles and responsibilities for federal, state and local governments and promote collaboration among businesses, communities, schools and families.

It would seek to advance policies that:

- Provide healthy foods and beverages to students at schools

- Increase the availability of affordable healthy foods in all communities

- Increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of physical activity at school

- Improve access to safe and healthy places to live, work, learn, and play

- Limit screen time

- Encourage employers to provide workplace wellness programs

The 108 page report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, was released on July 1, 2009 by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wishing you best health!

Jonathan and the Fat Resistance Diet Team

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