Georgia is the 20th most obese state in the country, according to a new report.
The Trust for America’s Health recently released its 2013 report — titled “F As In Fat” — on the United States’ obesity. Just over 29 percent of adults in Georgia, ranked 18th last year, are considered obese. That marks a slight uptick in 2012’s statistics, which found about 28 percent of Georgians to be obese.
Louisiana (34.7 percent) and Washington, D.C. (21.9 percent) were ranked the nation’s most and least obese states, respectively.
Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. In 1980, no state was above 15 percent; in 1991, no state was above 20 percent; in 2000, no state was above 25 percent; and in 2007, only Mississippi was above 30 percent.
Since 2005, there has been some evidence that the rate of increase has been slowing, the report said. In 2005, every state but one experienced an increase in obesity rates; in 2008, rates increased in 37 states; in 2010, rates increased in 28 states; and in 2011, rates increased in 16 states.
“While stable rates of adult obesity may signal prevention efforts are starting to yield some results, the rates remain extremely high,” Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, said. “Even if the nation holds steady at the current rates, baby boomers — who are aging into obesity-related illnesses — and the rapidly rising numbers of extremely obese Americans are already translating into a cost crisis for the healthcare system and Medicare.”