Minnesota's obesity rate is on the increase

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 13, 2019

Indiana's obesity rate ranks below the national rate of 30.9 percent.

Nadine Gracia, the executive vice president for Trust for America's Health, said many communities lack access to affordable, healthy food and safe places to exercise.

For the first time, the annual report recorded adult obesity rates above 35% in nine states.

Health consequences linked to obesity include increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and many types of cancers, the report said.

"Isolated programs and calls for lifestyle changes aren't enough".

"We really have to think about all the conditions in a person's life that allows them to make healthy food choices and be more physically active", says Farberman. That puts Iowa behind only Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

The pace of obesity appears to be accelerating.

"Obesity is more than just a health concern for individual Minnesotans - it's a major challenge for the entire state", says Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. That's significantly higher than the national rate of about 31 percent, according to the report.

Nationwide, obesity has increased by 70% over the last 30 years for adults and by 85% for children.

Experts explain obesity is "closely tied" to poverty.

Those at greatest risk for obesity include people with lower incomes and people of color.

As of 2015-2016, 47% of Latino adults, 46.8% of Black adults were obese. White and Asian adults were 38% and 12.7% respectively.

Among the policy recommendations are sugary drink taxes, expanded SNAP and WIC nutrition support programs and building an environment that encourages physical activity.

Make it more hard to market junk food to children by ending federal tax loopholes and business costs deductions related to the advertising of such foods to young audiences.

Health officials say that addressing the obesity epidemic will not only lead to better health outcomes but also reduce medical costs.

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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