(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to research released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 the number of US states with an obesity rate of a least 35 percent has nearly doubled in the last two years.
CDC analysis released on Wednesday shows that in 2020 sixteen states reported that at least 35 percent of adult residents were obese. That’s four more states than in 2019 – nine more than in 2018.
The four states added to the list in 2020 were Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas. The other twelve states on the list are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
According to the health policy organization Trust for America’s Health, this upswing in states with at least a 35 percent obesity threshold is a drastic change over just a decade ago. Not one state reported an obesity threshold above 35 percent as recently as 2012.
Back then, every state documented more than 20 percent of its adult population as having obesity, with the Midwest and the South seeing the highest rates at 34.1 percent.
The 2020 analysis identified the top three most obese states as Mississippi (39.7%), West Virginia (39.1%) and Alabama (39%).
Obesity puts adults at a higher risk of chronic serious health issues including heart disease, stroke, Type-2 diabetes, and even several cancers – to say nothing of an increased likelihood of mental health issues. Given the obesity rates, there is a growing percentage of the population which is now more susceptible to these illnesses.
The CDC also broke down the obesity rate by racial and ethnic group. When looking only at the black population, the number of states with an obesity rate of at least 35 percent skyrockets to thirty-five states plus the District of Columbia. For Hispanics only, twenty-two states record an obesity rate of at least 35 percent.
Among only whites, just seven states record an obesity rate of at least 35 percent. Among Asians only, no state reaches that threshold.
There is some anecdotal evidence that the increased number of states in 2020 may be, at least in part, due to the onerous lockdowns imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC, however, attributes it to “health disparities” and “health inequities,” claiming that pursuing “health equity” is the way to solve the problem.
Though putting an end to the “Fat Acceptance” Movement may help as well.