According to "F as in Fat," a report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health, adult obesity increased in sixteen U.S. states during the past year and decreased in zero states. Obesity rates also soared to an unprecedented 30 percent or more in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Nine of the ten states with the highest adult obesity numbers are in the South, and Mississippi has the highest adult obesity rate in the country. Overall, the study concludes, a lot of people are really fat: "Two-thirds of all adults and about a third of all children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese." Dr. James Marks, an "F as in Fat" engineer, explained:
"Since the 1970s, the rate of obesity has tripled or quadrupled, and we've got an even larger problem coming with our children."
And that's not a fat joke.
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011 [Official site via LAT, TheChart/CNN]