Adult obesity is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Wednesday, noting 16 states with an adult obesity prevalence of at least 35%, up from nine states in 2018.
Aa dozen states reached the threshold in 2019, and the list of states now includes: "Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware (new this year), Indiana, Iowa (new this year), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio (new this year), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (new this year) and West Virginia, "the health agency wrote. in a report.
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Figures released Wednesday include data up to 2020 and stem from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey. The CDC also reported "notable racial and ethnic disparities," with no state having a high prevalence of obesity among Asian residents.non-Hispanic and 35 states and the District of Columbia ranking above the 35% obesity rate among non-Hispanic black residents, among other disparities.
Obesity is a disease Chronic disease that increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, facilitated heart problems, certain cancers and worsening mental health, notes the CDC. Obesity also increases the risk of a severe COVID-19 attack following a viral infection.
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Additional results showed on Wednesday that the prevalence of obesity declined among those with higher education, and the Midwest and South had the highest obesity prevalence, at 34% each, followed of the West and Northeast, at 29.3% and 28%, respectively. In addition, adults between the ages of 18 and24 years old were tied with the lowest self-reported obesity rate (19.5%) compared to adults aged 45 to 54 with the highest prevalence at around 38%.
"Changing the current course of obesity will require a sustained and comprehensive effort from all parts of society," the CDC wrote in a statement. "We will need to recognize existing health disparities and inequalities and address social determinants of health such as poverty and lack of access to health care if we are to ensure health equity. "