F as in Forward?
A letter from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America's Health
Adult Obesity Rates Hold Steady But Remain High
Rates Top 30 Percent in 13 States; Highest in South, Midwest and Among Baby Boomers
After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year. 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. For the first time in eight years, Mississippi no longer has the highest rate — Louisiana at 34.7 percent is the highest, followed closely by Mississippi at 34.6 percent. Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.5 percent.
An interactive look at adult obesity rates from 1990 to 2012 for all fifty states and the District of Columbia
Signs of Progress on Childhood Obesity
Obesity Rates Among 2- to 4-year-olds from Low-Income Families Decrease in 18 States and One U.S. Territory
The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey (PedNSS), which examines children from the ages of 2 to 4 from low-income families, found that 14.4 percent of this group is obese, compared with 12.1 percent of all U.S. children of a similar age. The data for PedNSS is based on actual measurements rather than self-reported data. The prevalence of obesity among children from low-income families increased from 12.7 percent in 1999 to 14.4 percent in 2011. However, during 2008 to 2011, 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands had a statistically-significant decrease and only three states increased during this time.
An interactive look at obesity rates among 2 -to 4-year-olds from low-income families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
California, Rhode Island and New Jersey have the highest rates of obese low-income 2- to 4-year-olds
Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2012)
Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2012)
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Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2012)
Children & Adolescents
Obese Low-Income 2-4 yr-olds (2011)
Obese High Schoolers (2011)
Obesity Policy Series
This year we're highlighting nine key policy approaches for preventing obesity, related health issues and associated costs
If obesity rates continue on their current trajectory, by 2030, combined medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by between $48 billion and $66 billion per year.
Physical activity in and out of school provides a wide variety of health benefits for young people. Schools and communities can help kids get the 60 minutes of physical activity they need per day.
More than 29 million Americans lack access to healthy affordable foods, and families living in lower-income neighborhoods and in communities of color are particularly affected. Healthy Food Financing Initiatives can help make sure all families can buy healthier foods.
Research shows strong school nutrition policies can have a positive impact on children's health. USDA recently updated nutrition standards for all food and beverages sold and served in schools.
The trend of eating out at restaurants increased dramatically in the United States, and consumers routinely underestimate calories when they do. The FDA is expected to finalize national menu labeling standards soon to help consumers make informed choices about what they purchase.
The food and beverage industry spends nearly $2 billion annually marketing mostly unhealthy products to American youths. Marketing restrictions could help improve the food and beverage industry's practices and reduce youths' exposure to unhealthy ads.
National Prevention Strategy, Prevention and Public Health Fund, and Community Transformation Grants
Three-quarters of every dollar spent on U.S. medical costs is used to treat chronic diseases and associated risk factors. By focusing on prevention, federal agencies can identify and develop reforms that can have a major impact on Americans' health.
Americans walk less than adults in any other industrialized country, and half of U.S. adults don't meet CDC recommendations for physical activity. Federal, state and local transportation policy has the potential to make it easier for all Americans to be active.
Americans cannot achieve health goals and effectively follow their doctor's advice without support in their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. The Affordable Care Act provides new opportunities to expand coverage for proven community-based programs.