Obesity is linked directly to an increase in the risk of cardio-vascular disease. Obesity has been indicted for a number of chronic ailments like Diabetes which by itself is termed a silent killer affecting every other organ of the body. Modest weight loss can prevent health problems associated with obesity.
Obesity rate has reached worrying levels in US states. The rate of obesity increased in six US states and fell in none. Worse, in more states 20 to 30% of adults are obese according to a study reported by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and were based on federal government data. The problem is aggravating and widespread concern about obesity in the media which included roping in First Lady Michelle Obama and many others, plus countless programs to address it don’t seem to be working.
In 2013 obesity rate exceeds 20% in every state while 42 have rates in excess of 25%. Two states, Mississippi and West Virginia the obesity rose above 35 percent, 13 states were above 30 percent and 41 had rates of at least 25 percent.
Considering the figures on a national level, one third of the adult populations are obese. Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South while the West and Northeast had the healthiest BMIs. The lowest adult obesity rate happens to be in Colorado.
A link was also exposed when demographics were tracked and a higher rate was associated with poverty and a lower availability of healthy foods and less space where people could exercise. 75% of African Americans were obese in comparison with 67.2 % of whites. Something similar was also seen in children with 8% of African American children ages 2 to 19 were severely obese in comparison to 3.9% in whites.
1/3rd of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with 1/4th who earn at least $50,000.