06/30/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A recent report suggests obesity rates have risen throughout the country over the past year. As reported by HealthDay News, the report shows that the numbers have increased in 28 states, with Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia being in the top ten for obesity rates.
Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, is quoted in the report as stating in a news conference this week, “More than two-thirds of states now have adult obesity rates above 25 percent… Back in 1991, not that long ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. There’s been a dramatic change in a relatively short period.”
Levi is further quoted as stating, “Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the country… Rising rates of obesity over past decades is one of the major factors behind skyrocketing health care costs in the U.S., one-quarter of which are related to obesity.”
More information about the report may be found by visiting http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2010/.
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