Only in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Utah were there small increases in the number of people who are obese. The most food-insecure kids in the United States also carry the highest risk for childhood obesity, according to a study published in the Journal of Osteopathic Association earlier this month.
The state’s adult obesity rate has risen from 15.3 percent of residents in 2000 and 10.1 percent in 1990.
New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control find that while adult obesity rates remain steady, they are still high around the country. No state has an obesity rate below 21%. In some areas (in red and in orange) the obesity rate is higher than the national average.
Obesity is becoming far more common that in the past.
In 1990, Alabama had an obesity rate of about 12 percent.
Twenty-two states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent.
A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above is considered obese.
Nationwide, 29 million Americans live in food deserts, or areas where limited access to fresh produce can make healthy eating a challenge.
Heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes are all obesity-related conditions, and are some of the leading causes of preventable death.
The CDC released the state obesity rates, and the information was analyzed in a separate report by Trust for America’s Health, an advocacy group.