18 August 2013

New Report: Georgia Tied With Pennsylvania in National Obesity Rankings

A new report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Georgia and Pennsylvania have the same obesity rate; 29.1%.

That figure placed Georgia in 20th position on the national obesity rate rankings. Louisiana was number one, with an obesity rate of 34.7%.

The TFAH report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America 's Future 2013, does provide some good news though.

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year.

Since 2005, there has been some evidence that the rate of increase has been slowing. In 2005, every state but one experienced an increase in obesity rates; in 2008, rates increased in 37 states; in 2010, rates increased in 28 states; and in 2011, rates increased in 16 states.

"After decades of unrelenting bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. In addition to today's news about the steady rates for adults, we've seen childhood obesity rates declining in cities and states that were among the first to adopt a comprehensive approach to obesity prevention," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO. "But no one should believe the nation's work is done. We've learned a lot in the last decade about how to prevent obesity. Now it's time to take that knowledge to scale."

F as in Fat features a series examining high-impact policies to prevent and reduce obesity in the United States. The series highlights significant policy accomplishments over the past decade, including: historic changes to nutrition standards for school foods; improved health screenings for children; changes to improve nutrition and health counseling in the WIC program; increased understanding about how the built environment affects our ability to eat healthy foods and be physically active; the growth of a "complete streets" movement; the launch of a Prevention and Public Health Fund and National Prevention Strategy; and a growth in community-based programs for obesity and related illnesses.

The full report with state rankings in all categories and new interactive maps are available at fasinfat.org. TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborated on the report, which was supported by a grant from the Johnson Foundation.