Obesity Epidemic – More Proof

Aug 21, 2008 Published under Health, United States

For those denying that America is being enveloped by an obesity epidemic whose repercussions we cannot begin to fathom, as if data about how 1 in 3 children born this year will be diabetic and 32% of children are overweight, new data shows that adult obesity rates increased in 37 US States across the US over the past year.  "The rate of adult obesity now exceeds 25% in 28 states" compared to a national average of 15% back in 1980.  1980 is when obesity started growing at such steep pace, and it is no coincidence that 1980 is also the year when high fructose corn syrup was introduced.

Obesity rates climb in 37 states

(FoodBusinessNews.net, August 21, 2008)
by Eric Schroeder

WASHINGTON — Adult obesity rates increased in a mind-boggling 37 states during the past year, up from 31 states during the previous year, according to the report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007."

"America’s future depends on the health of our country," said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, the organization that produced the report. "The obesity epidemic is lowering our productivity and dramatically increasing our health care costs. Our analysis shows that we’re not treating the obesity epidemic with the urgency it deserves."

The report, which covered all 50 states and the District of Columbia, found 24 states experienced an increase in obesity rates for the second year in a row and 19 states for a third year in a row. No states decreased.

The rate of adult obesity now exceeds 25% in 28 states, which is an increase from 19 states last year, 14 states in 2006 and 9 in 2005. As recently as 1991, no states had obesity rates of more than 20%. In 1980, the national average of obese adults was 15%.

For adult obesity rates, Mississippi once again fared the worse as it came in at 31.7%. In 2007, Mississippi was the first state to top 30%, but in the most recent year it was joined by West Virginia (30.6%) and Alabama (30.1%). Colorado once again was the best coming in at 18.4%. Eleven of the 15 states with the highest obesity rates were in the South, while Northwestern and Western states continued to have the lowest obesity rates.

The report also found the rate of type 2 diabetes, a disease typically associated with obesity, grew in 26 states last year. Four states now have diabetes rates in excess of 10%, the report said, and all 10 states with the highest rates of diabetes and hypertension are in the South.

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  1. Ingrid said:

    The Trust for America’s Health does not address genetics in their new obesity report. Past research confirms that way the human body metabolizes fat is passed down both genetically and epigentically so racial genetics has to be analyzed as a factor along with poverty, poor diet, lack of exercise and poor education.

    The obesity epidemic is not merely American. A recent study reported in Scientific American magazine notes that today, worldwide, more people suffer from obesity than from starvation. This is due to the recent availability of junk food internationally, but there is every reason to assume that genetics, poverty and lack of education play the same role as in the US.

  2. Tibi said:

    1. Obesity is blamed on farrems because of the overabundance of corn produced on farms. Corn is a cheap calorie that can easily be made into sugar, aka high fructose corn syrup. HFCS is put into foods to make them sugary and these foods are cheap in markets. People buy the cheap foods and therefore buy a lot of fattening corn products.2. Pollan used the overproduction of whiskey to demonstrate his point. It works 1 because whiskey is a corn product that became very cheap and easy to obtain like the modern corn products in grocery stores and 2 because whiskey caused a lot of health problems, just as corn products cause health problems in present day society.3. We are wired to love sugary and fatty foods, so we can access any type of food to fulfill that need for sugary and fatty foods. 4. We all share the blame, but definitely the government more than any other. The government should control corporations enough to make the foods offered through corporations more healthy for consumers. The government also fuels subsidies, which we all know basically causes all of our corn problems, so they are more to blame than any other group, in my opinion.

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