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  • New CDC Obesity Map Shows Rates Remain High Everywhere

    And the most obese state is … well it's a tie, actually.

    Mississippi and West Virginia topped the list of states in rates of self-reported obesity, both with a 35.1% rate. At the low end of the scale, Colorado, with a 21.3% rate, was followed closely by Hawaii, which came in at 21.8%. The numbers are part of the annual US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Obesity Prevalence Maps" report, released this week.

    The report is based on responses to telephone surveys conducted in 2013 by the Behavioral Risk Factor Survey System (BRFSS), which collects data from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 US territories.

    Among the findings:

    • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.2%), with the Midwest not far behind (30.1%). The Northeast (26.5%) and West (24.9%) were lower.
    • Between 2011 and 2013, non-Hispanic blacks reported the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (37.6%), followed by Hispanics (30.6%), and non-Hispanic whites (26.6%).

    When compared with statistics from 2012, the 2013 rates show a continued rise in obesity in the US, as outlined in the table below

    Self-Reported Obesity Prevalence

    < 20%

    20%-25%

    25%-30%

    30%-35%

    > 35%

    # states in 2013

    0

    7

    23

    18

    2

    # states in 2012

    0

    10

    22

    13

    0


    APTA strongly supports the promotion of physical activity and its value in obesity prevention, maintaining a healthy weight, and assisting in weight loss. APTA has representatives on the board of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and offers several resources on obesity, including continuing education on childhood obesity, and a prevention and wellness webpage that links to podcasts on the harmful effects of inactivity.

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