The stats are in and the 2015 “State of Obesity” numbers are out. The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America report is a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This year’s 2015 report has published the following findings:
- Rates of obesity exceed 35% in 3 states: Arkansas, West Virginia & Mississippi
- All states have obesity that exceeds 20% of the population
- Arkansas has the highest obesity rate at 35.9% and Colorado is the lowest at 21.3%
- 17% of children and more than 30% of adults are considered obese
Although obesity rates appear to be stabilizing, they are still high. Overweight and obesity are linked to increased risk of chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer.
Obesity in adults is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is a function of weight divided by height squared and you can calculate your own BMI using an online BMI calculator. For children aged 2-19, use the Pediatric BMI calculator which uses percentiles to determine obesity.