Blog | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Mississippi has highest prevalence of obesity


Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30%, according to a new analysis that shows Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9%, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7%.

Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South.

The analysis used the state obesity rates released made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The annual report comes from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Last year's report, covered here, pointed out that only Colorado had an obesity rate less than 20%. It can no longer make that claim.

"Our nation has made important inroads to creating healthier communities," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MACP, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Some cities and states that have taken comprehensive action to address the epidemic are beginning to see declines in their obesity rates. But we need to expand and intensify our efforts. Investing in prevention today will mean a healthier tomorrow for our children."

According to the newly released CDC data, taken from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, the obesity rates by state from highest to lowest were:

The heavy 11
1. Mississippi (34.9%)
2. Louisiana (33.4%)
3. West Virginia (32.4%)
4. Alabama (32.0%)
5. Michigan (31.3%)
6. Oklahoma (31.1%)
7. Arkansas (30.9%)
8-9. (tie) Indiana (30.8%) and South Carolina (30.8%)
10-11. (tie) Kentucky (30.4%) and Texas (30.4%)

The expanding middle
12. Missouri (30.3%)
13. (tie) Kansas (29.6%) and Ohio (29.6%)
15. (tie) Tennessee (29.2%) and Virginia (29.2%)
17. North Carolina (29.1%)
18. Iowa (29.0%)
19. Delaware (28.8%)
20. Pennsylvania (28.6%)
21. Nebraska (28.4%)
22. Maryland (28.3%)
23. South Dakota (28.1%)
24. Georgia (28.0%)
25. (tie) Maine (27.8%) and North Dakota (27.8%)
27. Wisconsin (27.7%)
28. Alaska (27.4%)
29. Illinois (27.1%)
30. Idaho (27.0%)
31. Oregon (26.7%)
32. Florida (26.6%)
33. Washington (26.5%)
34. New Mexico (26.3%)
35. New Hampshire (26.2%)
36. Minnesota (25.7%)
37. (tie) Rhode Island (25.4%) and Vermont (25.4%)
39. Wyoming (25.0%)
40. Arizona (24.7%)
41. Montana (24.6%)
42. (tie) Connecticut (24.5%) Nevada (24.5%) and New York (24.5%)
45. Utah (24.4%)
46. California (23.8%)

The fittest five
47. (tie) District of Columbia (23.7%) and New Jersey (23.7%)
49. Massachusetts (22.7%)
50. Hawaii (21.8%)
51. Colorado (20.7%)