Ohio 13th Obese State in the U.S

According to a recent report, Ohio was ranked as the 13th most obese state in the United States, which the state officials believe to be an alarming crisis. Colorado was named as the state with the lowest adult obesity rate, at approximately 19.1%. Clark County Health Commissioner, Charles Patterson reported that chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes,caused by obesity are becoming more prevalent.

As per the 7th annual “F as inFat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010” report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, the highest rate of obesity is observed in Mississippi. Tennessee and Alabama were tied for the second position.

From 2005-2008, Ohio had a 28.6% average rate of adult obesity, ranking them tenth in the list of most obese state. According to a recent study conducted, out of 1,000 third graders, 45% were either obese or overweight. This was an increase of 10% from the average 5 years earlier.Obesity rate looks bleakest for the minorities – the obesity rate among black adults was 40.9% and Latinos 32.5%, when compared with whites’ obesity rate of 28.3%.

Jeff Levi, Executive Director of Trust of America’s Health, said that some of the factors that lead to obesity in states like Ohio include:

  • Economic differences
  • Access to grocery stores
  • Education
  • Neighborhood safety

The ethnic and racial differences were highlighted in the report. In the South, 10 out of the 11 states were ranked as having highest obesity rates.  35.3% of adults making $15, 000 or less each year were obese, compared with 24.5% of adults earning $ 50,000 or more each year.





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