TFAH’s report on obesity rate calls for action

TFAH’s report on obesity rate calls for action

Obesity rate has declined in four US states last year. This is the first when the country has seen such a drop. The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a report that mentions obesity rates in the US.

The report titled 'the State of Obesity' demonstrated that most of the states still have high level of obesity rate. In 1991, there was not a single state with obesity rate higher than 20%, but this changed completely in 2015, when all of the states had rate of obesity higher than 20%. In additions, half of the states had obesity rate 30% or above.

According to Richard Hamburg, interim president and CEO of the Trust for America's Health, there is great deal of work to do to fight obesity. There are efforts acting against this problemin place, but results are hardly pleasing. More efforts are needed. The report used data for adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey that became source of information to the report required people to self report their weight and height. An adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. The report shows only some positive trends. Hamburg said overall obesity still continues to be the biggest and costliest health concern in the country. Obesity costs $147 billion in health spending annually.

"This year's State of Obesity report is an urgent call to action for government, industry, health care, schools, child care and families around the country to join in the effort to provide a brighter, healthier, future for our children", said RisaLavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of Report Wood Johnson Foundation.