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Obese Adult Percentage Growing In Several States

Posted by Total Access Medical on Oct 25, 2018

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Despite all the efforts, America's obesity problem among adults is getting worse. 

The 15th annual "State of Obesity" report is casting a sobering picture. The number of states where more than 35% of adults are obese went from 5 to 7 and no state had any significant improvement from last year.

22 states have adult obesity rates between 30% and 35%, including Pennsylvania and Delaware. In New Jersey, 27% of adults are obese.

And the problem isn't just in big cities, obesity rates are higher in rural areas.

Not only does excess weight raise health costs and shorten lives, it's a national security problem. 1 in 3 young adults is too heavy for military service.

But there was one bright spot - obesity among kids in the Women, Infants, and Children - is going down.

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