Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states during the past year, according to the “F as in Fat” report put out by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Illinois went from having the 28th highest rate of adult obesity last year to being the 23rd most obese state in the United States.
The report also states that none of the 50 states showed any decline in their rates of adult obesity. Colorado is the state with the lowest obesity rate this year. The top ten is filled with Southern States. Mississippi has been at the top of the list for seven consecutive years.
The report shows that members of racial and ethnic minority groups, low income and less educated adults have the highest obesity rates. And of course with higher obesity rates comes the increase of diabetes and high blood pressure.
There is a positive side to this study. It is the first time that obesity rates have increased in less than 20 states. There is always hope. And it is a lot you can do to help America stop this trend. Eat your fruits and veggies. Be more active. Teach your children healthy eating habits. Engage in your community’s efforts to make your city a healthier place. You can change our nation’s future by starting with yourself. And remember that a healthier you equals a healthier Chicago.