HealthDay News — In 2014, obesity rates increased in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Utah, according to a report released Monday from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Nationally, more than 30% of adults are obese. The South and Midwest have the highest adult obesity rates, making up 23 of the 25 states with rates now topping 30%. In 42 states, blacks have obesity rates of 30% or more, as do Hispanics in 30 states. Obesity rates of 30% or more among whites are found in 13 states. In addition, nearly 17 percent of 2- to 19-year-olds and more than 8% of children aged 2 to 5 are obese, according to the report.
The highest obesity rate was posted in Arkansas, at 35.9%. Colorado had the lowest rate, at 21.3%. In three states — Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia — the obesity rate was greater than 35%. The obesity rate was at or above 30% in 22 states and was not below 21% in any state, the researchers found.
Other findings from the report include: Among states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes, nine of the 10 are in the South; rates of diabetes have increased in eight states: Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; and racial groups with the highest obesity rates include American Indians and Alaska Natives, at 54%.