Obesity Rate Declines Sharply in Ohio
In 2014, Ohio was the 8th fattest state in the nation. In 2015, it was the 26th fattest.
According to the latest information from the annual “State of Obesity” report compiled by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ohio was one of only four states that saw a decline in obesity rates over the past year, dropping from 32.6 percent to 29.8 percent.
Of course, the state (and the entire country) has a long way to go if fitness is the goal. Ohio’s obesity rate has nearly tripled since 1990, when it measured at only 11.3 percent. Today, the problem in Ohio persists to a greater degree with specific demographics, including the 45 to 64 age group where 36.3 percent of adults are obese, and with African Americans where 37.1 percent of adults are obese.
Keep in mind that obesity — according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention — is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 30. That means that these facts and figures do not include adults who classify as overweight with a BMI between 25 to 30.
The importance of weight loss and weight control are stressed by the results of the survey, which project that at current rates, heart disease cases will quadruple between 2010 and 2030 to over 3.3 million reports annually, while obesity-related cancer cases will nearly triple to 470,919 cases during the same timeframe.
As of 2015, four states now exceed an obesity rate of over 35 percent: Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia. The healthiest states in 2015 include Colorado, Hawaii, Montana and California.
For more information, visit www.stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/.