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 …