Several trends related to growth have been identified in the report. These include demographics, regions of the country and more. It is found that black adults have the highest adult obesity rate with 49.6%. Latinx adults follow with 44.8%. White adults have a obesity rate of 42.4% and Asian adults have a obesity rate of 17.4%.
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According to the report, its rate is higher on the east coast. Colorado has an adult obesity rate with 23.8%, while Mississippi has the highest at 40.8%. In 2000, there was not a single state with adult obesity rates above 25%. Now 12 states have rates above 35%. None are further west than Oklahoma.
This also suggests that childhood obesity continues to increase, as well. Nearly 20% of people aged 2 out of 19 have obesity. In the 1970s, only 5.5% did, and the effects may be permanent.
The report stated, “Being overweight or obese as a youth puts them at greater risk for obesity and related health risks as an adult.” “In addition, children are performing before onset to consider adult conditions, including hypertension and high cholesterol.”
To counter the rise, the Health of Trust of America has suggested several ways to allocate funds and resources. He says the CDC should be “given to the CDC for obesity prevention programs, including racial and ethnic approaches to state physical activity and nutrition programs and community health programs.”
Increasing the food stamp program, now called SNAP, can help people access foods that are better for them. Other suggestions include encouraging businesses to promote healthy lifestyles and staying active, as well as activating soda and sugar drink taxes.
COVID-19 and Obesity Rate – What is the relationship?
The obesity status 2020 report also looks at coronaviruses. Obesity is an underlying health condition. Thus people who are obese are more likely to see poor outcomes should contract COVID-19. According to the CDC, they are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to the virus. Finally, the report states, the record-breaking rate of adult obesity also means that more than 40% of people are at higher risk of suffering serious consequences from COVID-19 infection.
One way for the Health of Trust of America trust officials is that the USDA may grant a nutritional policy waiver to the issue. Free school meals should also be provided for children in school this year.
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