The latest obesity report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) was released today, and adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state. Twelve states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent. Colorado has the lowest obesity rate and is the only state with a rate under 20 percent.
The report also highlighted the fact that obesity statistics are still being drawn along racial and ethnic lines, as well as educational and economical lines. This report brings into sharper focus the need for the American Heart Association's mission related programming, including Start! at Work, our teaching gardens initiative, more walking paths, and a greater focus on health and wellness.
Read the full report.