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Rising Obesity Rates

Posted on 07/12/2011

I have some bad news for you, my dear readers. According to new statistics out late last week, it turns out the obesity rates in this country are still rising. In fact, 16 states are experiencing steep increases!

Our beloved state, Illinois, wins the dubious distinction of being ranked 23rd with having a population of 27.7 percent obese adults.  Oh my. Not good, not good at all!

"F as in Fat" report was released recently by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for American's Health, is the sixth annual state-by-state report on adult obesity rates.

According to the report, the states with the highest obesity rates among adults are: 1. Mississippi 34.4%; 2. Alabama 32.3%; 3. West Virginia 32.2%; 4. Tennessee 31.9%; 5. Louisiana 31.6%; 6. Kentucky 31.5%; 7. Oklahoma 31.4%; 8. South Carolina 30.9%; 9. Arkansas 30.6%; 10. Michigan 30.5%

The findings show a major obesity problem in the southest, with 8 of 10 states from that region. The only two states outside the area are Oklahoma and Michigan.

In just 15 years, adult obesity rates in seven states doubled and only two decades ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Now all states do.

Even with the news media doing a terrific job reporting about the obesity epidemic in this country, it seems to me that people are just not paying attention or ignoring the information. Why?

Maybe people think that it does not apply to them. And believe they are only a few pounds overweight, surely not obese. Most people would be surprised to learn that those few pounds are more than a few pounds and typically do classify them as officially obese or morbidly obese.

I suggest you check your body mass index (BMI) today. Go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html

You should ideally be between 18 and no more than 25. It could be one thing that saves your life, if you take immediate action upon learning your BMI.

Denial is dangerous when it comes to this serious public health issue. It's not just a few extra pounds...it is your life and quality of life.

Your health is the most important asset you have in life, so please take care of it!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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