Annual ‘State of Obesity’ Report

Doctor measuring a man's waist The Trust for America’s Health released its 13th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, earlier this month. In Connecticut, 25.3 percent of adults are obese. Since 1990, our state has only seen three minor drops in the adult obesity rate.

Obesity became a national concern around the end of the 20th century and has continued to escalate into the 21st century. It is often associated with some of the leading causes of preventable death, including heart disease and stroke. According to the newest report, have American adults made any progress from 2014 to 2015?

Adult Obesity Findings

The data found that Kansas and Kentucky showed increases in their adult obesity rate, while Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio saw decreases. All other states remained around the same percentages as the previous year. Twenty-five states in our country have an adult obesity rate of 30 percent or above. According to this most recent report, zero states had an adult obesity rate above 20 percent back in 1991. Today, every state is 20 percent or above, from 20.2 percent in Colorado up to 36.2 percent in Louisiana. The concentration of adult obesity is in the South and Midwest.

The Obesity Epidemic

According to the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey, approximately 38 percent of American adults are obese. A body mass index of 30.0 or higher indicates obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reference three classes of obesity:

  • Low-risk: BMI 30 to <35
  • Moderate-risk: BMI 35 to <40
  • High-risk: BMI 40 and above

The CEO of the Trust for America’s Health, Richard Hamburg, urges Americans to seriously consider these findings, especially for our children. When proper nutrition and regular exercise begin at a young age, we are more likely to make healthier choices in the future.

Physical activity is a crucial part of the health puzzle. At North Haven Health & Racquet, we offer court sports, group classes and two floors of workout equipment. Explore your membership options with us today.