|2009 State Obesity Rates from the CDC|
|Washington DC||19.7||Massachusetts||21.4||North Dakota||27.9||Washington||26.4|
Are you surprised? How does your state rate?
I never noticed the seriousness of the numbers until I started to take note from old TV shows and movies from when I was growing up. People we thought were ‘chunky’ back then, aren’t looking so bad now. I think I’ve become accustomed to heavier people as a whole.
FYI- The CDC says that Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
Thirty-three states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25%; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%.