A Closer Look at Obesity

The 2010 rankings are out for obesity in the US.  The numbers are increasingly worse with only one area improving over last year, the home of Mrs. Obama, Washington, DC.

A Deeper Look at the Numbers

  • Adult obesity rates rose in 28 states
  • 8 States have rates above 30% in 1991 no states were above 20%
  • 38 States now have an obesity rate higher than 25%
  • 8 States have a childhood obesity rate higher than 20%
  • Blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than whites, this is strongly tied to income levels

A Reason For Optimism

Both Michelle Obama and Jamie Oliver have aimed a big spotlight on obesity this year.  Oliver tackled it through his show Food Revolution and Obama unveiled the Let’s Move plan, a 70 point plan to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation.

I know I have a slanted perspective here.  I’m in the fitness industry and am always talking to people who are trying to be more aware of what they eat and how they exercise.  I’m also in one of the lowest 10 states for obesity rates.  I don’t see it the way people see it in Mississippi.  But through this blog and my other fitness writing it does seem like there’s a shift underway.  The voters agree …

  • 73% say preventing childhood obesity is an important priority for the US government
  • 56% say a comprehensive program to combat childhood obesity is worth the financial investment.
  • 56% also believe it will ultimately save taxpayers money through reduced medical costs.
  • 20 states have school nutrition guidelines tougher than the US government standards.  Five years ago, only four states did.
  • 28 States have standards for selling “competitive food” (think vending machines) in schools.  Five years ago only six states did.

Do you think the government should spend more money to help combat childhood obesity?  What about adult obesity?  How can you help your specific community to get to a healthier place?  What about your household?

This is too important a topic not to discuss …

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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5 Responses to A Closer Look at Obesity

  1. Diane July 13, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Great article! The stats are encouraging, but still – in my mind – way short of acceptable. Only 56% of people want to spend money on child obesity? What do they think it should be spent on?!? I believe that getting and keeping our kids healthy (and educated, but that’s another story) has to be a very high priority, otherwise there’ll be a knock-on effect that filters through to everything else they do for their whole lives.

  2. Lisa Johnson July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Diane I totally agree. 56% is enough that the politicians will have to back it though, voters would get mad if you voted against healthier school lunches …

  3. Susi July 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    It is amazing to me the # of children who don’t exercise. With the emphasis on video and computer games, we’re setting our children up for a lifetime of health problems. Very alarming.

  4. Deb July 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    The numbers aren’t surprising at all. We’ve got to get at the root of the problem, vote with our forks, clean up our food system and spread the word. Just imagine how we could change the numbers if we could get more people to follow the simple “Eat Whole Natural Organic Food and Grass Fed Animal Proteins Without a Label” Diet. We are exactly a product of what we eat.

  5. Lisa Johnson July 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Deb, I totally agree with you but we need a way better name ;-) I have a blog called http://TrueFoodMovement.com. and I started it because there wasn’t a catch all site that I could find that just focused on eating well and loving the planet. Please have a look and feel free to join the “True Food Movement” :-)

    Lisa

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