Continuing on with this series on obesity, today I want to talk about obesity in the U.S., and what the trends tell us.
The last article talked about obesity around the world; now I will look at the country that has the dubious distinction of leading the world in obesity, the U.S.
And as I said in the first article in this series on obesity, being obese is a sure-fire path to living a High Density Lifestyle – it plays havoc on your health, and it stresses your body to no end.
So let’s look at the trends, from 1985 – 2008, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control:
As you can see, there was no data for many states in 1985, presumably because there wasn’t a large population base of obese people, so it wasn’t seen as something to have to keep tabs of.
In 1991, a few states reported less than 10% of the population as being obese, while the majority reported 10-14% obesity. Four states, Michigan, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi reported 15-19% of the population as being obese.
In 1998, things had progressed. Now there were no states reporting less than 10% obesity. The best numbers that a minority of states had were 10-14% obesity. Many states were now reporting 15-19% obesity, and a smattering of states were now registering 20-24% obesity rates.
A few years later, in 2003, numbers had increased again. Now no states were reporting 10-14% obesity rates. Only a few states had 15-19% obesity statistics, with the great majority at 20-24% obesity. A few states, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana were now reporting 25-29% obesity numbers.
And now, the latest trends in 2008 show that numbers continue to increase. Only one state, Colorado, has obesity rates at 15-19%, most states are at 25-29%, and a few states are at 30% of the population being obese.
Below are the 2008 rates laid out in table format:
|2008 State Obesity Rates|
|Washington DC||21.8||Massachusetts||20.9||North Dakota||27.1||Washington||25.4|