Yes, September is Childhood Obesity Awareness, but children learn their behavior from adults, and when adult obesity increases in 16 states in the past year, we need to sit up and pay attention because that doesn’t bode well for our children.
According to a 2011 report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state. The report found that twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent when four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.
“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. “There was a clear tipping point in our nation weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can’t afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending.”
When the states adult obesity ratings were taken in 1995, Nebraska at 15.2% percent, tied with Delaware for 20th place with 1 being the highest rate of adult obesity and 51 being the lowest. Right in the middle isn’t a bad place to be, but it’s not great either. When those ratings were taken again in 2009 Nebraska with 27.6%, was in 24th place, in the middle of the pack again. That’s about an 80% increase in the adult obesity rate. A little over a quarter of our adult population is obese.
We would be naive to think that this will not influence our children.
To view the full article on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website, click here.