As many of you may have heard, America is going through an “Obesity Epidemic.” Every year the Center for Disease Control creates a series of maps that outline the prevalence of obesity in the United States. If you compare maps from multiple years, you can easily visualize the trend towards increased body weight. eneral, we have listed the most important trends below.
1) No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
In 6 states (California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, and Utah) and the District of Columbia, obesity ranged from 20% to less than 25%.
2) Only 19 states and Puerto Rico had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and less than 30%.
3) Only 21 states have an obesity prevalence from 30% to 35%.
4) Four states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia) had an obesity prevalence of 35% or greater.
5) The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (31.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.7%), the Northeast (26.4%), and the West (25.2%).
Why is this important? Obesity increases the risk for many diseases such as heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some forms of cancer, and many more.
For more information and maps check out https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html