Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states last year, and didn’t decline in any, according to a new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
According to the report:
· Mississippi had the highest obesity rate, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row
· Texas is the 14th most obese at 27.9% for adults.
· The childhood obesity rate is higher at 32.2% which ranks 20th among all states.
According to the report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009,” obesity-related costs to Medicare and Medicaid are likely to grow significantly as the Baby Boomer generation ages, because of the large number of people in this population, the high rate of obesity and obesity’s negative health impact.
See F as in Fat 2009.